As featured in the Evening Standard this week, Holborn is an area currently in transition. Having recently been coined as ‘Midtown’, the vicinity between the City and West End is almost entirely commercially dominated, however this is expected to change with plans for regeneration already underway. Anthea Masey, writer for the Evening Standard says “Holborn is set to become a key residential area linking the City powerhouse to the fun of the West End”.
With various new ventures in place, Holborn looks set to be a more prominent destination on the London map. Masey mentions that the main development will be the implementation of the new Crossrail service at Farrindgon and Tottenham Court Road stations that “bookend” the area; enabling easier access to these locations. Additionally, there are plans to develop out-dated office blocks as well as retail and residential sites, which are anticipated to dramatically increase footfall and transform the area into a more liveable place.
This will certainly have a positive effect for the existing neighbourhood; Holborn already has a lot to offer that will further benefit from the boost in visitors. Masey highlights un-sung gems such as Leather Lane, Lambs Conduit Street and of course, Hatton Garden.