Secret London: Holborn
Little Known Facts about Holborn
Famous writers who have lived in Holborn include Charles Dickens and Zadie Smith.
The composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was born in Holborn.
The Strand is the subject of a famous music hall song ‘Let's All Go Down The Strand’ (words and music by Harry Castling and C W Murphy).
According to ancient custom anyone training to be a barrister in Britain must join one of the Inns of Court and dine there 24 times - as well as passing their examinations - before being officially qualified.
Shakespeare's play 'A Comedy of Errors' was first performed in Gray's Inn Hall in 1594.
The Old Curiosity shop was built in 1567 and was visited by Charles Dickens and is the oldest shop in central London. Now a shoe shop.