Get involved in Holborn's best-kept secret
Hidden between the Kingsway and the Lincoln’s Inn Fields stands The Ship Tavern, a traditional London ale house and high quality eatery. Specialising in steak, pies, pub food and real ale prepared to the best possible quality and served in excellent surroundings, this tavern gets everything right. The lush red fabrics, original fireplaces and polished wood fittings exude an air of classic style that is rarely found nowadays. It has been around for over 400 years and, upon sitting down in one of its fine dining rooms, you'll feel the quality that has naturally developed over that time.
12 Gate Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 3HP
Have a rummage in Sir John Soane's Museum
Perfect for treasure hunters and lovers of antiques, this has to be one of the most wonderfully off-kilter museums in England. The various higgledy-piggledy rooms of Sir John Soane's old home now host a huge collection of books, stoneworks, antiquities, paintings and architectural sketches. Of particular interest are the works by Turner, Canaletto, Hogarth and Piranesi, as well as the alabaster Egyptian sarcophagus of Seti I. Entry is free, then all you have to do is find your way through the maze of over 30,000 pieces.
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3BP
Take tea at Twinings
It was on The Strand in 1706 that the world-famous Twinings Tea Company was founded by Thomas Twining. Originally a simple tea shop, this museum and gift store now tracks the history of one of the largest tea companies on the planet. Have a look at the company's historic growth before sitting down to taste its products new and old.
216 The Strand, Holborn, London, WC2R 1AP
Enjoy the pubs of the Holborn real ale triangle
What's better than a smooth ale in a fine London drinking establishment when you're thirsty? Well, if you’ve got time to spare, how about three? The Inn of Court, The Enterprise and The Old Red Lion are a trio of supreme real ale pubs in the Holborn area, collectively known as the real ale triangle. The Inn of Court is a classy, newly decorated pub retaining a bit of classic London character. The Victorian real ale establishment that is The Enterprise couldn't be more different; a lovely, unspoiled old pub a few hundred metres to the north-west. The best is saved for last at The Old Red Lion, a corner establishment with cask ales and a great atmosphere to while away the evening.
Inn of Court, 18 Holborn, London, EC1N 2LE
Underground: Chancery Lane
Be schooled in the art of the social butterfly at Scarfes Bar
Like a setting for an Oscar Wilde story, Scarfes describes itself as ‘an artfully social bar in Holborn, Central London where creative cocktails are served alongside fine foods and complimentary live jazz’. From the gloriously gigantic coloured glass lanterns that dominate the main bar to the cartoons and cocktails that can be enjoyed beneath, everything about this establishment screams decadent hedonism.
252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN
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