Area Guide

Holborn Central: An FCT Area Guide

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Holborn is London’s historic law district, located close to the centre of London, well-connected to the rest of London with transport links by train, bus and underground and within walking distance of the City of London. The area radiates culture and style with a lively community made up of all-aged people: lawyers working in London’s legal quarters, students from London School of Economics, families with children at the area’s primary and secondary schools. Sandwiched between the vibrance and culture of Covent Garden and the business and city vibes of Farringdon, Holborn combines the best of the two. Gastropubs, international restaurants, rooftop bars and cosy cafes cater to a mixture of office workers and students from nearby universities.


The name “Holborn” is derived from hol and bourne meaning “hollow brook,” referring to the River Fleet that was later covered by Farringdon Street.

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Average property price: £978, 009 (63.5% above the London Average of £598,340)

The average sold price in Holborn has increased by 57.1% between 2016 and 2019 and the average flat selling price has increased by 485% between January 1995 and October 2019.

Average property prices from September 2000 to September 2019:

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Source: Foxtons

Property price range: £485,000 – £2,800,000

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Source: Foxtons

Average rental value: £811 per week (10.5% above the London Average of £734 per week)

Rental price range: £445 – £1,500 per week

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Holborn’s nearest London Underground stations are Chancery Lane and Holborn. The closest mainline railway station is City Thameslink. All stations are in Zone 1 and an annual travelcard costs £1,296.

Underground stations:

➔   Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines)

➔   Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)

➔   Chancery Lane (Central line)

➔   Russell Square (Piccadilly line)

➔   Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines)

Overground stations:

➔   Charing Cross

➔   Farringdon

➔   City Thameslink

➔   St. Pancras

➔   King’s Cross

 London’s legal quarter

Holborn is home to two of London’s four Inns of Court – Lincoln’s Inn and Gray’s Inn (pictured below) – historic courts that train barristers in England and Wales.

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  • Christopher Hatton Primary School (ages 4-11)
  • City of London School and City of London School for Girls (ages 7-18)
  • Queen’s College London (ages 4-18)
  • London School of Economics (university)


Holborn continues to grow, with new shops, cafes and restaurants open where there previously were not any. Estate agent Guy Passey of CBRE says that shops and restaurants are staying open over the weekend, which shows that people are putting down roots in Holborn. As well as hosting Sainsbury’s headquarters, there are four Sainsbury’s supermarkets, a Waitrose and an M&S Food in Holborn.

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Things to do

  • Waterloo Bridge (13 min walk from Holborn Station)
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  • Radio Rooftop Bar (8 min walk from Holborn Station) – cocktails and panoramic views of London.
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  • Bleeding Heart Restaurant (13 min walk from Holborn Station) – French restaurant named “most romantic restaurant in London” by The Times.
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  • Espresso Room (2 min walk from Holborn Station) – specialty coffee, evening cocktails and all-day dining.
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  • Sir John Soane’s Museum (3 min walk from Holborn Station)
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Our Development – 19 John Street, Holborn WC1

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FCT Property Group are delighted to present five luxury apartments at 19 John Street in the Holborn. This unique trophy asset is nestled in the heart of Holborn and exemplifies the high standard of properties available in the area with grade A specification finishes and original Georgian features.

Just 8 minutes walk from Chancery Lane and Russell Square Station where the entire scope of Central London is a matter of stops away.


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999 year leasehold

NHBC Build Warranty

Grade A Specification throughout

2 x 2 bedroom

3 x 1 bedroom

Priced between £977,466 and £1,997,408 March 2020 completion

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Whitechapel: An FCT Area Guide

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Whitechapel is an exciting up-and-coming district in East London and the future administrative centre of the London borough of Tower Hamlets. Situated a stone’s throw from the Tower of London, this district is set to flourish under the hands of Tower Hamlets with their Whitechapel Vision. The arrival of the Elizabeth Line, opening in 2021, will transform Whitechapel Station into a stunning new transport hub with connections to Reading, Heathrow Airport, Essex and Abbey Wood, making it one of the best-connected areas in London. E1, its postcode, also includes most of Aldgate, Spitalfields, Shoreditch and parts of Stepney and Mile End. A diverse and vibrant area, Whitechapel is destined for a bright future.


The district became part of the County of London in 1889, before which it was part of the ancient parish of Stepney, Middlesex. Whitechapel also has its spine-chilling history of the Victorian serial killer, Jack the Ripper, in 1888, and the Ronnie Kray’s murder of George Cornell in the Blind Beggar pub on Whitechapel Road in 1966. The pub was also the site of William Booth’s first sermon that led to the creation of the Salvation Army in 1865.


Whitechapel is set to become a key destination and hub for London with renovations in the next five years. The vision includes:

  • 3,500 new homes by 2025 including substantial amounts of new family and affordable homes
  • 5,000 new local jobs
  • 7 new public squares and open spaces
  • New streets and public routes
  • New 21st century civic hub for Tower Hamlets
  • Globally significant research campus
  • Creative industries including new local media hub
  • New cultural centre and community facilities
  • Shopping and Leisure experience on Whitechapel Road
  • Expansion and improvement of street market
  • Thriving evening time economy
  • Reduced crime with safer and cleaner streetsThe Masterplan involves various transformations:
  • Revitalising Whitechapel Road – easier pedestrian movement
  • New Civic Hub – improved range of public services in the towncentre
  • Durward Street Gardens – new high quality urban quarter
  • Med City Campus – expansion of health, bio-tech and life sciencesresearch

• Raven Row – residential-led development with improved links to town centre

• Cambridge Heath Gateway – redevelopment of the Sainsbury’s site with a new larger store and residential and community facilities


Average property price: £703,612 (17.6% above the London Average of £598,340).

The average sold price in Whitechapel has increased by 39.12% over the last year.

Average property prices from 2000 to 2019:

Source: Foxtons
Property price range: £285,000 – £2,00,000

Average rental value: £573 per week (24.9 % below the London Average of £763 per week)

Rental price range: £445 – £1,500 per week

Source: Foxtons


Whitechapel is in Zone 2 and an annual travel card to Zone 1 is £1,364.


  • Whitechapel Station
  • Liverpool Street Station
  • Shadwell Station
  • Stepney Green Station
  • Limehouse StationTrains:
  • District line
  • Hammersmith & City line
  • Circle line
  • London Overground
  • TfL RailWhitechapel Crossrail Station:The arrival of the widely anticipated Crossrail Station at Whitechapel at the end of 2020 will be great news for commuters into The City, Canary Wharf & Heathrow. The only station on the central line to interchange as far west as Reading and both Eastern parts of the Line in Shenfield and Abbey Wood. It is little wonder then that Whitechapel Crossrail Station was ranked 1st for potential price growth forecast due to Crossrail in JLL’s investment report case.

  • Step-free from street to platform
  • Bright underground spaces with curved sweeping corners to ease passenger flow
  • Full height platform screen doors to separate people from tracks
  • 99,000 passengers per day on the Elizabeth line (peak) 24 trains per hour (peak, each way)
  • Interchange: District, Hammersmith & City, London Overground



Commuter Buses

  • 25 – to Oxford Circus via Cheapside and Holborn
  • 205 – to Paddington via King’s Cross and Baker Street

Education Primary Schools:

  • Canon Barnett Primary School
  • Harry Gosling Primary School
  • Stewart Headlam Primary School
  • Thomas Buxton Primary SchoolSecondary Schools:
  • London Enterprise Academy
  • Swanlea School
  • Madani Secondary Girls’ School
  • London East Academy

Things to do:

Whitechapel Gallery – a public art gallery that opened in 1901 as one of the first publicly funded galleries for temporary exhibitions in London. 2018 hosted a solo show for Mark Dion and the first major UK survey of artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset.

• Street art – beyond the gallery, Whitechapel suburb has become a vibrant exhibition of its own.

  •  Brick Lane Food Market – an array of colourful, delicious cuisines ranging from Spanish paella and empanadas to fresh Japanese sushi and okonomiyaki.
  • Vintage shopping experience – weekend pop-up markets and permanent vintage shops to explore.
  • Old Spitalfields Market – a market place for over 350 years, the market hosts almost 50 shops and stalls, focusing on local artisan products and with food and drink options too.


Our Exclusive Development –The Liberty, 116 Jubilee Street, Whitechapel, E1

We still have some last remaining opportunities at our exclusive new development in the up- and-coming area of Whitechapel owing its name to Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which was where Robert Charles ordered the Liberty Bell to be made in 1752. Sitting in the heart of East London, The Liberty is in the perfect location to make the most of the Elizabeth Line and all other Whitechapel renovations.

9 units:

  • 1x studio
  • 4x 1bed
  • 3x 2bed
  • 1x 3bedPriced between £502,695 and £893,350
  • 8 minutes walk to Whitechapel Station (Hammersmith & City, District & Overground)
  • 8 minutes walk to the future Whitechapel Crossrail Station
  • High Specification Boutique New Build
  • Completion Aug/September 2020. Flexible payment structureavailable
  • Leasehold, 10 year build warranty attached




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