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Holborn Area Guide: Sold and house price trends in Holborn

Check out sold and house price trends and best properties for rent and sale in Holborn.

Known for its ‘ye olde’ pubs and crowds of tourists trying to get to the British Museum this neighbourhood is one to look out for.  If you are looking for the best place in London that offers you easy access to The City and the West End, Holborn is your first choice. Probably the most exciting area in the City Of London, Holborn is steeped in history and packed with remarkable buildings, inspiring museums, and world-famous streets.

Surrounded by popular districts like Bloomsbury, Soho and The City, and amazingly close to most of London’s finest attractions like the West End, Covent Garden and Leicester Square, Holborn is not one to be missed out on!

Sitting in the ideal Zone 1, Holborn is well connected with brilliant transport links that get you to the whole city in no time. Hop on the Holborn tube station and you are ready to explore some of the most fabulous and vibrant areas – 9 minutes to Camden Town and Knightsbridge, Earl’s Court is 24 minutes away and 26 minutes to South West London where the wonderful Kew Gardens is in sight.

Prices in this area are steadily rising – sold house price have increased from an average £328,908 in 2003 to a whopping £861,120 being sold in 2017.

Holborn has become very competitive and is outperforming other areas in the City, where sold house prices are up 132 per cent, and Bloomsbury, where they have risen 135 per cent.

Increased demand and interest in the area mainly comes from a balanced mixture of the UK and international buyers.

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Holborn Through History

Holborn got its name from ‘Hol’ meaning hollow and ‘bourn’ as brook, referring to the River Fleet.

In 1294 Holborn, was originally known as ‘Holebournstrette’ – the area started out as an empty field near the City.

Despite being bombed in the 2nd world war, Holborn managed to maintain the majority of its beautiful architecture as well as many important buildings thanks to the non-significant damages.

On High Holborn, you can witness street signs from the past to the present – the location itself hosts a bunch of historical architecture and sights. There is the ‘St Geroge’s Church Steepley in Bloomburys way, built in 1730 and once was a symbol of the contemporary political climate. There is also the ‘Kingsgate House’ a red brick with Portland stone dressing building designed by Arthur Keen in 1904 – Edward I and VII can be spotted seated atop on both the sides of the building.


The Holborn Empire, originally Weston’s Music Hall, stood between 1857 and 1960, when it was pulled down after structural damage sustained in the Blitz. The theatre premièred one of the first full-length feature films in 1914, The World, the flesh and the Devil, a 50-minute melodrama filmed in Kinemacolour.


Holborn is the traditional home of the legal profession – The Inns of Court, (ancient legal centres) were located here to symbolise the law as a mediator in the power struggle between the City and Westminster. The atmosphere of Holborn is still derived from the four surviving Inns: Lincoln’s Inn, Gray’s Inn, Middle Temple, and Inner Temple. The courtyards and passageways of these particular Inns are a quiet hideaway from the busy capital.

The famous writer Charles Dickens lived in Holborn which gives the area a strong heritage and historical edge over its neighbouring areas – indulge into the past by visiting his house, now known as the ‘Charles Dickens Museum, first opened to visitors since 1925.

In the early 21st century, Holborn has become the site of new offices and hotels. For example, the old neoclassical Pearl Assurance building near the junction with Kingsway was converted into a hotel in 1999.

There has been a limited attempt to rebrand Holborn as “Midtown”, on the grounds that it is notionally in the very middle of London, between the West End and The City.

In a nutshell, although now a modern busy city, Holborn still maintains its historic feel with numerous buildings, architecture and fascinating attractions that offer a rewarding and fascinating experience when strolling around the area.

Holborn Lifestyle

Holborn is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in London to visit and even live in – there are many reasons for the compliments and here’s why.

Located in the heart of London, Holborn has steadily evolved into one of London’s premier entertainment districts and it’s a hub for live music, theatres, and bars. It’s tourist’s popular choice for tourists and locals likewise, thanks to the variety and diverse restaurants and bars that cater to most taste buds and pockets for sure.

From great shopping experiences to west end’s biggest theatres, Holborn does not fall short of places to indulge in the best food and drink.

Packed with entertainment options, attractions, and a multitude of places to eat and drink, it is sure t keep you busy all day!

Out for shopping? Oxford Circus is a few moments away and is one of the finest places to shop with a huge amount of shops lined across the area – the variety of shops are perfect for any budget!

Want to play? All Star Lanes and Bloomsbury Bowling are the best places for bowling experience so why not try out some bowling and release the stress?

Fancy a drink? Head over to Bendertton Street to enjoy an authentic Victorian drink at Princess Louise.

Hungry? There’s plenty of options – you have Hubbard & Bell where you will be served fresh and authentic English food, Kerbisher & Malt will give the best fish & chips and if you are craving Italian, Terroni of Clerkenwell is the place for you!

Want to entertain yourself? Look no further – Watch some of the best musicals and shows at local theatres such as Shaftesbury Theatre  , Donmar Warehouse , Aldwych Theatre and many more!

Of course not forgetting the famous British Museum – filled with multicultural and global artefacts and art, it is a top tourist attraction for many years!

Stop at Holborn for an inevitable life experience full of wonderful encounters to build timeless memories through the discovery of how the area maintains a great balance and combination between corporate and fun lifestyle to work and live in!

What’s happening in the HOLBORN Market

Average property value today


How much have prices changed?

last 12 months


last 5 years
What’s the average price per square foot?
  £1,670 psf
What’s the average rental Yield?

Sales in HOLBORN

Sales in the last 12 Months


Average Sales Price

Property type 1 bed 2 beds 3 beds 4 beds 5 beds
All £761,324 £1,355,000 £2,661,128 £2,325,000 £3,814,998
Houses £905,000 £1,422,000 £2,200,000 £2,150,000 £3,814,998

Lettings in Holborn

Average Asking Price

£4,872 pcm per month

Average Rental Prices


Property type 1 bed 2 beds 3 beds 4 beds 5 beds
All £2,993 pcm £5,464 pcm £9,456 pcm £10,948 pcm £12,190 pcm
Houses £2,600 pcm £4,470 pcm £23,010 pcm £14,083 pcm £12,190 pcm

Public Transports

Tube Stations

  • Chancery Lane (Zone 1)
    Central Line 
  • Covent Garden (Zone 1)
    Picadilly Line
  • Russell Square (Zone 1)
    Piccadilly Line
  • Tottenham Court Road (Zone 1)
    Central Line | Northern Line
  • Holborn (Zone 1)
    Central Line | Picadilly Line

Local Schools

Anyone moving to the luxurious neighborhood of South Kensington knows that education is paramount to the success of their children, and a good education is a top priority. The area prides itself with exceptional schools, including also international ones.


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Ofsted phase: Primary School | Type: Voluntary Aided

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Council Tax

Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 2 councils covering Holborn area.

Council tax rates for each Local Authority

Council A B C D E F G H
Camden £1,042 £1,215 £1,389 £1,563 £1,910 £2,257 £2,604 £3,125
Westminster £502 £586 £670 £753 £921 £1,088 £1,256 £1,507
English Averages £761 £888 £1,015 £1,142 £1,396 £1,650 £1,904 £2,285

How much will I have to pay?

Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.

Reductions in council tax

  • Reduction scheme for disabled people
  • Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
  • Council tax benefit and second adult rebate

Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs

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