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Gray's Inn

  • Gray's Inn Rd. Map It
  • Holborn
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Although the least architecturally interesting of the four Inns of Court and the one most damaged by German bombs in the 1940s, Gray's still has romantic associations. In 1594 Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors was performed for the first time in the hall—which was restored after World War II and has a fine Elizabethan screen of carved oak. You must make advance arrangements to view the hall, but the secluded and spacious gardens, first planted by Francis Bacon in 1597, are open to the public. The four Inn's of the Court—Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn, Middle Temple, and Inner Temple—are where most British trial lawyers have office to this day. In the 14th century, the inns were lodging houses where the barristers lived so that people would know how to easily find them (hence, the label "inn").

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Gray's Inn Rd., London, WC1R 5ET, England

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  • Free
  • Weekdays noon–2:30


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