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Unique tilework at Holborn, near the British Museum, includes trompe l'oeil columns and bas relief

Holborn is a station of the London Underground in Holborn in London, near the British Museum and the London School of Economics. It is on the Piccadilly Line between Covent Garden and Russell Square, and on the Central Line between Tottenham Court Road and Chancery Lane. It is in Travelcard Zone 1.

The station opened on the Piccadilly Line with the name 'Holborn (Kingsway)' on December 15, 1906, but the suffix was later dropped. The Central Line platforms were opened on September 25, 1933 after the closure of the adjacent British Museum tube station.

From 1907 until 1940 and 1946 until 1994 a branch of the Piccadilly line ran from Holborn to Aldwych tube station. Two platforms were originally provided at Holborn for this service, but one was swiftly closed and was later divided into rooms for use, at various times, as offices, air-raid shelters, storerooms and an electric sub-station. The other platform remained in use until 1994, and remained visible behind locked gates for some years after that.

It should not be confused with the Holborn tramway station which was part of the Kingsway tramway subway.

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