Sicilian Avenue

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Neighborhood: Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
How to get there
  • Holborn • 2 min walk
  • Russell Square • 7 min walk
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futtock21
London, UK11,307 contributions
Family
Sicilian Avenue is a shopping arcade running between Southampton Row and Bloomsbury Way just north of Holborn underground station. It was designed by architect Robert Worley in 1906 although not completed until 1910 using Italian marble and featuring ornate colonnades and turrets. Today it’s home to a number of businesses, the only Italian-sounding one being a branch of Spaghetti House, many others in common with a lot of businesses in n this area, have not survived the pandemic.
Written May 29, 2021
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Paul Legate
St Ives, UK20,064 contributions
Sicilian Avenue is a pedestrianised arcade and is located between Southampton Row and Bloomsbury Way on the borders of the Bloomsbury and Holborn districts of London. The street was designed by architect Robert Worley in 1906 in Edwardian style with an abundance of architectural flourishes. Sicilian Avenue has a range of shops of restaurants and is an extremely pleasant place that can easily be missed but worth seeking out whilst in the areas of Holborn / Bloomsbury.
Written January 6, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,833 contributions
The fine Neoclassical and Edwardian buildings of this fine looking street have been reduced to a near empty shell thanks to the pandemic. I used to work close by and would come here sometimes for lunch. Now most of the shops have closed. The only positive is that the near empty streets make it easier to appreciate the architecture.
Written October 30, 2021
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Solo
I enjoy walking through the Avenue from Holborn Station to the British Museum for its eclectic collection of shops and restaurants, but most of all for its delightful architecture, so make sure you look up..

It's like a shopping arcade without a roof
Written August 28, 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK19,007 contributions
Solo
Small pedestrian street in the heart of Holborn. Nice mix of bars and shops. Really nice architecture.
Written November 30, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,833 contributions
Solo
Sicilian Avenue is a small street located in the heart of Holborn. The interesting thing about this street is the monumental neo-classical/Edwardian style arches that borders the two ends of the street. The street is pedestrian shopping parade, although there aren't actually that many shops in the street. As the street is in a mainly business district of London, the shops/restaurants are mostly mid to high end, but pleasant nevertheless. It's kind of quiet during the weekends.
Written January 19, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia40,315 contributions
Couples
We came across Sicilian Avenue by chance, while walking around London streets. The beautiful signage and looks caught our attention very quickly. The street looks rather deserted, although there seem to be quite a few establishments there. Perhaps some have closed down or moved elsewhere, for some reason. Perhaps in the heat of British Summer things might be different from the cool September weather when we were there!
Written December 16, 2018
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ShahTaff
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Staying in London for a long weekend break, we decided to explore on foot. We missed our destination and found ourselves in Holborn. After walking in a complete circle we again were confronted by the beautiful, narrow Sicilian Avenue. Gold embellished pillars and arches dominate the entrance. A splendid attempt by Edwardian architects to import Italian style to London. There are a few places to eat and drink, we chose Planet of the Grapes. The service was good and so were the drinks.The alfresco seating comes into it's own in the Summer. They have an extensive wine menu and a good range of light bites and more substantial food on offer. A wine shop is also attached to the bar. Bloomsbury Square with it's cultural and literary connections is near by. Sicilian Avenue is definitely worth seeking out.
Written June 30, 2018
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,600 contributions
Couples
First time I came across Sicilian Avenue I basically stumbled across it.
This is a most wonderful pedestrian little street in London.
It is just off Bloomsbury Sq and is lined with small boutiques & several places to eat & drink. Many eateries have outdoor seating which is perfect on a sunny day.
Although this street is somewhat off the main tourist trails in London it is really worth seeking it out.
Written June 16, 2018
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,468 contributions
Couples
Just to the southeast of Bloomsbury Square is the historic Sicilian Avenue, a short pedestrian only street with alfresco restaurants, cafes and other shops, situated within southern Italian style buildings.

We recently stopped for a breakfast at the Patisserie Valerie, one of the Italian eateries at here and quite enjoyed the old-world charm of this area.

Sicilian Avenue feels out of place in London but in a good way, offering a nice change of scenery. The building architecture is quite charming and the restaurants do feel inviting.

Overall, we enjoyed our short visit to the Sicilian Avenue and consider this a good place to have a bite to eat, perhaps before or after a visit to the British Museum, which is not to far away.
Written June 13, 2014
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