"to High Holborn"
Staple Inn on High Holborn
Public DomainStaple Inn on High Holborn - Credit: Edward

High Holborn is a road in the area of Holborn, Central London. It runs west to east, from St Giles Circus to Gray’s Inn Road. Its most famous building is Staple Inn, a legal chambers and one of London’s surviving original Tudor buildings. The road has a claim to fame in Adrian Mitchell’s poem, ‘Celia, Celia’:

‘When I am sad and weary

When I think all hope has gone

When I walk along High Holborn

I think of you with nothing on.’

 

Holborn has always been a centre for London's lawyers and contains many famous legal chambers. The area was also a known haunt for prostitutes in the poverty-stricken nineteenth century and earlier still, in 1726, made the headlines as being home to London's most prominent gay brothel.