A Guided Walk around the Inns of Court
May 21 @ 11:45 am - 2:30 pm£5
Meet at 11.45am at Farringdon Station
Please bring a packed lunch Walk to be led by Deborah Spring
Using a 16th century map of the area, we will explore the origins of the gardens of the Inns of Court: Gray’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn, Middle Temple and Inner Temple. These secluded and spacious gardens, hidden from view behind walls and buildings, are open to the public for a few hours in the middle of the day. At Gray’s Inn, where we will stop for a picnic lunch, we will see the gardens originally laid out by Francis Bacon in the 1580s, and at Lincoln’s Inn we will look for traces of the work carried out to improve the gardens in the same era. Emerging from Lincoln’s Inn behind the Royal Courts of Justice, we cross the Strand to discover the beautiful gardens of the Middle Temple and Inner Temple, once home to the Knights Templar, now a three-acre haven of wide lawns and spectacular borders in the heart of legal London, sweeping down to the River Thames. While our walk focuses on the gardens, it may also be possible to see inside the chapel at Lincoln’s Inn, where John Donne preached, and the Temple Church with its Crusader memorials – for both, opening times vary.