Old London thrives in the awe-inspiring collection of medieval lands and buildings that constitutes one of the city’s best kept secrets
Hidden away from London’s main streets and familiar landmarks lies a secret city in which the English legal system has been meticulously forged and practiced for the past 800 years. The Inns of Court provide for the accommodation, protection and supervision of barristers but they do so in a mesmerising and utterly breath-taking stage-set of Tudor, Elizabethan and classical buildings part of which forms what is arguably the best-preserved example of medieval London still in existence today. Woven between these magnificent structures is an extraordinary ribbon of sheltered lawns, squares and courtyards that dramatically evoke the strong natural aspect ingrained into London’s public realm and also reveal the same subtly channeled principles of intimacy and informality found across the city. And at the heart of it all lies the stunning Romanesque seat of the Knights Templar, the ancient religious order which continues to maintain almost mythical notoriety across the world and which has unlikely links to the British legal system.
Royal Courts of Justice
Old Public Records Office
WALK START LOCATION: Chancery Lane tube station (Exit 2) / Map
WALK ENDS: Strand