Law Makers & Law Breakers

Law Makers & Law Breakers

Take a stroll through legal and illegal London on this tour which looks at both sides of the City’s legal system.

What to expect

 

Beginning at the Western entrance to the City of London we learn about the uniqueness of the City’s jurisdiction, its historic rights and privileges enshrined in Magna Carta, and the quirky traditions and ceremonies that make the City so special.

As we enter the beautiful grounds of Middle and Inner Temple, we learn about the development of the medieval Inns of Court, where lawyers have occupied the buildings, trained, dined and socialised since the 14th century to the present day.

 

This tranquil place is frozen in time…ancient thoroughfares with gas lamps and cobbles, fountains and courts, and a fabulous Elizabethan hall dating from 1562. No wonder then that the Temple has  so often been been used for film and television locations and featured in the work of literary giants such as Dickens and Trollope.

We then walk down the street which has long been the haunt of lawyers and journalists, legal disputes, and see the shop where Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street plied his deadly trade.

We’re now getting to the darker side of the City’s history and we see the sites of prisons, the world famous Old Bailey criminal court, the site of public executions, and the place where the body snatchers brought their exhumed bodies for sale.

 

Our tour concludes at the spot said to be the most haunted in London, where traitors, heretics and those of the wrong religious persuasion were burnt at the stake or even boiled alive, and where ‘Braveheart’ William Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered.

Key Information

Meeting Point : Outside Temple Station. Temple Place

Map of meeting point

Duration : approx 1 1/2 hours

 

Temple Station – Meeting Point