Bordered by the high earning City and high spending West End, midtown is nonetheless a distinctive London neighbourhood with its own history and style. It’s an area traditionally associated with the legal and newspaper professions. Indeed, lawyers still proliferate around The Inns of Court, Lincoln’s Inn, Gray’s Inn and the Temple. However, the printing presses left Fleet Street three decades ago (though many media professionals remain).
Holborn’s central location and good transport links are attractive to businesses, but its historic hostelries and global range of cuisines means it’s also a great place to live, shop and socialise. There are numerous independent boutiques (not least the Umbrella specialist, James Smith & Sons). And because the area tends to be quiet during evenings and weekends, its hotels are a good choice for a quiet night’s sleep.
Clerkenwell’s narrow streets have numerous historic buildings filled, ironically, with cutting-edge architects, designers and boutiques. The area even has its own design week. And, with the famous meat of Smithfield Market nearby, it’s a major gastronomic hot spot boasting more than its share of Michelin-starred marvels.
The area is ever evolving and with the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, Midtown will be serviced by redeveloped stations at Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon bringing an additional 1.5 million within a 45 minute commute of central London.
Catherine Hanly Editor, Hot Dinners website
This part of town is turning into somewhere you’d actually cross the city to eat or drink in.
Four of the best
Explore the green oases
Midtown has a wealth of open spaces, squares, small parks and gardens in which to relax. They include Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Coram’s Fields, Red Lion Square and The Phoenix Garden.
An iconic hotel located in High Holborn, Rosewood London stands out among London luxury hotels, combining English heritage with contemporary sophistication, named AA London Hotel of the Year.
The printing presses may have gone but this remains one of the most atmospheric streets in the city and you can stop off at any of its numerous old pubs.
Lambs Conduit Street
This fashionable street is named after the wealthy Tudor, William Lambe. Rising in popularity during the 1900’s, it is still a much sought after street offering independent boutiques and restaurants to suit all tastes.