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The Inns of Court
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Visitors with a particular interest in the ancient traditions of the British legal system and also those who are lovers of the TV series ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’ will enjoy a visit to the Inns of Court. The Middle and Inner Temple were often film locations for the series.
 
The Inns of Court in London are the professional associations to which every barrister in England and Wales (and those judges who were formerly barristers) must belong. They must choose one of the Inns however there are no rules governing their choice.
 
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These associations date back to medieval times and have been the principal agencies for training lawyers to appear in Court. They provided tutelage and accommodation for their students.
 
The layout of each of the Inns resembles that of an “Oxbridge” college – that is each has a Great Hall, Chapel or Church, Library, Gardens and sets of chambers for their many barristers. Visitors are welcome to inspect the precincts of the Inns, however they are requested to comply with their rules – these rules are displayed at the various entrances.
 
There are four Inns of Court:
 
To plan your journey between the Inns use the 'Tfl Journey Planner'.
 
Gray’s Inn
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Although Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn are located outside of the City of London in the Borough of Camden, the Inns of Court refers to all four Inns. 
 
Walk the quiet, flower lined paths and open spaces of this Inn and you will believe that you are in a haven from the noisy, smelly traffic of London. Here the barristers and lawyers in their gowns and wigs with arms full of legal papers are rushing from appointment to appointment.
 
For full details including grounds open times, Visit the Inn website:
 
Getting There
- By Underground  
Chancery Lane Station Central Line
Farringdon Station Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines
 
Chancery Lane Station
Exit on to High Holborn and cross the intersection to Gray’s Inn Road, a tree lined late Georgian terrace. A short distance along Gray’s Inn Road, on the left is the entrance through an arch to Gray’s Inn chambers.
 
Lincoln’s Inn
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Entry to Lincoln’s Inn is from Searle Street into the New Square. The public are allowed to walk through the grounds of Lincoln's Inn, but the gardens are private.
 
The Private Lincoln’s Inn Gardens should not be confused with the adjacent large public park Lincoln’s Inn Fields, near the Sir John Soane's Museum.
 
The Inn’s Gothic chapel dates from the early-17th century.
 
Visit the Inn’s website
 
Getting There
- By Underground
Chancery Lane Station Central Line
Chancery Lane Station
Exit Chancery Lane station on High Holborn and turn left; keep the station on your left and proceed to the Lincoln’s Inn chambers.
 
Inner Temple
Inner Temple is located in the City of London, between the River Thames and Fleet Street.
 
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The grounds of the Inner Temple include three acres of gardens plus the famous Temple Church, parts of which date back to the Knights Templar in 1185. This Church is jointly administered and maintained by the Inner Temple and Middle Temple.
 
The Temple church has the status of a "Royal Peculiar" (a place of worship that falls directly under the jurisdiction of the British monarch, rather than a diocese). A close neighbor church which is also a Royal peculiar is the The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy.
 
Inner Temple Gardens were laid out around 1601. These Gardens were noted for their roses. William Shakespeare claimed that the Wars of the Roses started in the Inner Temple Garden!
 
The Inner Temple is frequently used as a location for film and television productions as well as still photography. Productions have included:
- The Da Vinci Code (2005) - Filmed at Temple Church
- BBC’s Oliver Twist
- ITV’s Poirot (starring David Suchet)
- BBC’s Inspector Lynley Mysteries
 
For additional information, please refer
 
Getting There
- By Underground
Temple Station District & Circle lines.
 
From the Embankment walk up Middle Temple Lane towards Fleet Street, the Inner Temple Gardens are on your right as are the Inner Temple Buildings.
 
Middle Temple
Is located in the City of London, close to St Bride's Church at Middle Temple Lane.
 
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These Inns are also close by the Royal Courts of Justice which is located on the north side of Fleet Street, almost directly opposite Middle Temple Lane.
 
A short walk along this Lane will bring the Visitor to Middle Temple Gardens, said to be the best gardens of the four Inns of Court. The highlight is the fountain in Fountain Court.
 
The historic Temple Church (City of London) is tucked away on Inner Temple Lane off Fleet Street.
 
Middle Temple Hall is at the heart of the Inn, and the Inn's student barristers are required to dine there for a minimum number of nights for several terms.
 
In recent years Middle Temple has become a much-used film location - the cobbled streets, historic buildings and gas lighting give it a unique atmosphere.
 
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night received its first performance here, at the feast of Candlemas in 1602.
 
Middle Temple and the neighbouring Inner Temple are also two of the few remaining liberties, an old name for a geographic division. It is an independent extra-parochial area, historically not governed by the City of London Corporation (although geographically within the boundaries and liberties of the City of London) and equally outside the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Bishop of London.
 
For further information about MiddleTemple, please refer
 
Getting There
- By Underground
Temple Station District & Circle Lines.
 
On the Victoria Embankment - from the Embankment walk up Middle Temple Lane towards Fleet Street
 
- By bus
Take any bus proceeding along the Strand to Fleet Street.
 
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