Cutlers Hall

The makers of knives with a cutting edge are an old trade and the Cutlers have an Ordnance from 1344. These Arms of 1476 had an elephant crest added in 1622 – its ivory is used for knife handles. The Hall exterior has a beautiful frieze showing the trade.

Warwick Lane EC4
Tel: +44 (0)20 7248 1866

Ye Olde Mitre Tavern

Hard to find, this is worth the effort. Dating back to 1546, Queen Elizabeth I is said to have danced round the cherry tree in the corner of the bar. There’s no TV, music or electronic games – just one of London’s cosiest pubs and some of its best beers and famous toasted sandwiches.

1 Ely Court EC1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 4751

The River Fleet, which ran where Holborn Viaduct now crosses its former valley, probably gave its name to this area: Holborn meaning bourne (or brook) in a hollow. The old wooden church of St Andrew’s Holborn is mentioned as early as 959.

Tube: Holborn

Holborn Circus

Holborn Viaduct

Costing more than £2million, this bridge over the valley of the River Fleet was opened by Queen Victoria in 1869. Its four statues show Commerce, Agriculture, Science and Fine Arts. Over the stairs are the figures of former lord mayors: Henry Fitz Eylwyn, Thomas Gresham, Hugh Middleton and William Walworth – who stabbed Watt Tyler in 1381.

Holborn Viaduct EC1

Prince Albert

This sculpture by Charles Bacon was unveiled in 1874, 13 years after Albert’s death. Holding aloft a cocked hat, this has been dubbed ‘the politest statue in London’. On the granite pedestal are the figures of Peace and History who, in proper Victorian style, are both having major wardrobe malfunctions.

Holborn Circus EC1

St Etheldreda’s Church

The town chapel of the Bishops of Ely from 1250 to 1570, this is the oldest Catholic church in England. It is one of only two buildings in London dating from the reign of Edward I and was also the model for the Catholic Chapel of America's West Point Military Academy.

Ely Place EC1

City Temple

The City Temple opened in 1874 to serve a congregation founded as early as the 1560s. It was one of London’s first Nonconformist churches, following the Bible instead of the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. Heavily damaged during World War II, this grand design was rebuilt in 1958.

Holborn Viaduct EC1

St Andrew Holborn

Roman remains found in the crypt show a church may have stood here for 2,000 years. The present one was restored in 1961 after WWII bombing to the Wren design of the 1670s after the Great Fire. The church makes an appearance in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist.

5 St Andrew Street EC4

St Andrew Holborn

St Andrew’s Parochial School was founded in Brook Market in 1696 but moved to Hatton Garden in 1721. This fine Bluecoat girl and boy were once over the Hatton Garden school but moved here when St Andrew’s was refurbished after WWII bombing.

5 St Andrew Street EC4