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.