History of Hatton Garden
Nestled in the heart of Holborn and just a short taxi ride from London’s West End, you’ll find the historical area of Hatton Garden. Here you’ll discover one of London’s hidden gems; a place steeped in history and romance since Queen Elizabeth I gifted a house and garden in the grounds of Ely palace to a handsome courtier in 1576.
The land owned by the Bishop of Ely was in a central London location and would have commanded a handsome income. However the Queen was so smitten by the fetching courtier Christopher Hatton, that she fixed his rental at a favourable £10 per annum, plus ten loads of hay and a rose from the garden at midsummer each year!
In the mid-seventeenth century, the once famous garden was used to create an estate of streets named Hatton Garden, housing workshops and warehouses. The area soon attracted a collection of gold and platinum jewellers as well as, the now world famous diamond dealers.