Legal London Tour

A peaceful oasis of beautiful gardens, architectural gems and stories of the famous and infamous in the heart of London. A private tour of Legal London is a must for the curious and the eclectic.

Join a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide on an in-depth exploration of England’s legal system, the private world of England’s legal profession and the eccentrics who have poured over Wills, Writs and the wayward ways of wretches over the centuries. Highlights of this private tour include: 

The Inns of Court: Walk through this prestigious enclave for English barristers. Beautiful gardens interspersed with hidden alleyways, dark cloister and gas-lit passageways with glimpses of gowned and wigged barristers or barristers-in-training rushing to their next appointment. Established in 14th century, the four Inns of Court offer an unparalleled glimpse into the heart of the British legal system.

Lincoln’s Inn Fields: A short walk from the Inns of Court is the magnificent Lincoln’s Inn Fields. At 5 hectares (which includes lawns, trees, public tennis courts and a bandstand), this is the largest public square in London.  Once a duelling ground for lawyers and law students, today, it’s a green haven in the heart of bustling central London.

Temple Church: Consecrated in 1185, this is one of London’s oldest buildings through which can be traced the crusading stories of the Knights Templar, the turmoil of the Reformation and the founding father of Anglican theology.  

The Royal Courts of Justice: This is the principal court of first instance for civil cases in England and Wales.  This magnificent building was built in the Victorian Gothic style in the late 19th century.  Here you can uncover the history of the building, the workings of the court system, and some of the famous cases that have been heard there. You may even be able to sit in on a live case.

The Old Bailey: Your legal tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Old Bailey. This is the Central Criminal Court for  England and Wales and the site of many infamous trials  over the centuries, including those of Oscar Wilde, Dr Crippen, ‘Lord Haw Haw’ and notorious East End gangsters the Kray Twins. Time permitting, you may be able to watch a live case here also.

Beyond the locations, your London Blue Badge Tourist Guide will introduce you to: 

  • Hidden gems of London’s legal enclave which even seasoned Londoners don’t know about
  • How the current legal system works, the legal training required, the legal etiquette, the dress code 
  • How this part of London has featured in major films including Downton Abbey, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Da Vinci Code, Sherlock Holmes, Bridget Jones II and Sherlock Holmes, to name but a few
  • Its literary connections including William Shakespeare, 19th century novelists Charles Dickens and author John Grisham 
  • Famous lawyers from Saint Thomas More to Helena Bonham Carter
  • How London’s Inns of Court laid the foundations for the US Constitution. 

All tours with a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide are carefully curated. Your Legal London guide may in fact have trained or worked as a barrister/lawyer or within the criminal justice system, bringing their invaluable insider knowledge to this tour. As a private tour, you can tailor it  to your specific interests. You also have added flexibility – you can stop to linger at a particular spot, you can ask as many questions as you like, share your thoughts and observations. You’ll be informed and entertained and have the undivided attention of your expert guide throughout.

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If you require a guide with a private car to conduct your tour please tick above. This will send your request to one of our driver guides who are UK licensed, registered and insured.

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