The oldest of the four Inns of Court, the historic buildings are set in beautiful, private grounds in Central London.
The Old Hall, a fine example of Tudor architecture, dates back to 1490 and has many notable features including the wooden screen at the south end, designed by Inigo Jones, and Hogarth’s painting of “Paul before Felix” on the North wall. The Crypt beneath the Old Hall was for centuries used for storage of fuel, food and wine. Now the brick groin vaulting has been restored to its former glory and is used as a reception area.
The Great Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1845 and is the largest hall of any of the Inns and is considered to be one of the most distinguished buildings designed by Philip Hardwick working in the Tudor Revival style. On the North Wall is a huge and magnificent fresco executed by G.F. Watts, the Pre-Raphaelite painter, showing the world’s law givers from Moses to Edward I. The Bench Rooms are hired in conjunction with the hall and are used as reception areas.
Steeped in tradition and grandeur, the halls provide a unique and spectacular setting for any event from small intimate gatherings to large lavish banquets.