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FEW parts of Lon­don have such a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory as Hol­born, once a bor­ough in its own right. The dis­trict stretches from Smith­field to Covent Gar­den, tak­ing in the Hat­ton Gar­den jewellery quar­ter and Chancery Lane’s Inns of Court.

“Ur­ban” since the Mid­dle Ages, it still has an­cient guilds and trades, and is now find­ing a fresh res­i­den­tial pro­file with taste­ful homes for a new gen­er­a­tion of lo­cal em­ploy­ees — lawyers, ac­coun­tants and me­dia cre­atives — who want to live close to their work­place. Many of the new homes are bou­tique de­vel­op­ments in keep­ing with the area’s in­di­vid­u­al­ity. At Hat­ton Wall, above, in the jewellery quar­ter, seven flats have been created in a re­fur­bished ware­house with of­fices at street level. All the homes have out­side space, un­der­floor heat­ing and com­fort cool­ing. From £645,000. Call Hamp­tons on 020 3451 1544.

The Grays also slots into this cat­e­gory. For­merly so­lic­i­tors’ of­fices, there are now 13 flats with 24-hour concierge. From £638,750. Call 020 7416 6749.

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