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How to spend it – a weekend in Holborn


Holborn is home to some of London’s top universities. However, many students are unfamiliar with the area’s haunts, seemingly hiding in plain sight.

Whether you have recently started your university course and are new to the beautiful Holborn area, or perhaps you’re just in search of activities to fill up your weekends, we’ve cherry-picked some highlights to fill up your itinerary, all nearby our own hidden homes, Pinks Mews.

  • 1. Explore the British Museum

One of the many great things to do in London is to enjoy free museums and the British Museum in Holborn is no exception. Founded in 1753, it was the very first national public museum in the world. Inviting you to wander around and lose yourself between the Egyptian mummies or the Pantheon marble, this famous architectural landmark holds a collection of art and antiquities from ancient eras to present day cultures. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm.


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  • 2. Visit the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral

One of the most famous cathedrals in the world, St Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic London landmark. Located within walking distance from our beautiful properties at Pinks Mews, it is a must see in the Holborn area. This Anglican cathedral was built in the 17th Century and represents the highest point of the City of London, on the Ludgate hill. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral’s awe-inspiring interior and learn fascinating stories about its history. You can book your ticket here.

  • 3. Enjoy a cocktail at the Maddison bar

After finishing your visit at St. Paul’s Cathedral, why not continue admiring this beautiful national treasure and, if you time it thoughtfully, a show-stopping sunset? We highly recommend dropping by the Madison rooftop bar, where you can admire the Cathedral’s world-famous dome, almost at equal height to it, while sipping something delicious (our favourite is The Hummingbird cocktail). The Madison’s perfectly positioned to offer an incredible photo opportunity and an unforgettable view.

  • 4. Keep climbing London’s skyline at the Sky Garden

Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden, rising three floors in height at the top of 38-storey 20 Fenchurch Street. The garden is exquisitely landscaped, designed by the renowned Gillespies who decked the space with gorgeous Mediterranean and South African plants to create a roof canopy. As Sky Garden has an entirely glass façade, visitors can absorb the exterior beauty as well as the interior. Inside, colour and flowers flourish year-round, and outside, you see London’s jaw-dropping skyline from a unique viewpoint.

While you are there, enjoy a drink or simply relax and have lunch or dinner with friends. If you are a morning bird, arrive for an early yoga session and breakfast – see details here.

It is free to visit Sky Garden but you must book your tickets to reserve a time slot – click here.


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  • 5. Dine London style at The Holborn Dining Room

Situated on High Holborn, The Holborn Dining Room has an exclusive, gentlemen’s club vibe with its red leather banquettes and retro style dining room. This restaurant is well-known for its English classics, such as Suffolk pork belly, its fresh seafood counter and elegant gin bar. We can recommend the excellent selection of traditional pies.

The antique patina copper-topped bars stock over 400 types of gin, with more than 14,000 combinations of gin and tonic – a quintessential British beverage. If you are going during the good weather, don’t forget to enjoy their gorgeous chic terrace in the back.

Located only a step away Pinks Mews, The Holborn Dining Room is the perfect restaurant to wrap up an enjoyable day.

If you’re looking for a stylish home in Holborn, get in touch to view our new show apartments at Pinks Mews.

Contact us or our agents at CBRE or Knight Frank:

CBRE, James Burrows – +44 (0)20 7420 3050

Knight Frank, Nigel Fleming – +44 (0)20 3826 0673

Find out more about the available properties at Pinks Mews.