Walkabout in Holborn and Chancery Lane
In this episode join us on a tour around Holborn and Chancery Lane. This area of London is commonly called Midtown and covers postcodes WC1, WC2 and EC1. It is London’s historic law district, with a bustling mix of legal buildings and offices.
We start our walk outside Holborn Station and walk down the little pedestrian alley of Gate Street which is just off Kingsway. We follow it back up to High Holborn where we cross over onto Procter Street and then carry on walking up to Red Lion Square and Red Lion Street.
Red Lion Street takes us back onto High Holborn and we walk towards Chancery Lane Station. High Holborn becomes Holborn and then Holborn Viaduct and is a street dominated by offices. It runs from the north-east corner of Covent Garden towards Smithfield.
We turn off at the station and head through Staple Inn and onto Chancery Lane. Chancery Lane is most noteworthy as the hub of London’s legal professionals. The area includes two of the four most important legal societies in London, Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn.
We then turn onto the Strand and walk along past the Royal Courts of Justice and end our tour at the junction with Aldwych where you can see The Australian High Commission with all its flags across the road.
The Strand is a major thoroughfare running from Trafalgar Square eastwards to Temple Bar, where the road becomes Fleet Street inside the City of London. It is lined with the most majestic and imposing of historic buildings which you can catch a glimpse of from 25 mins in. One of these imposing buildings is The Royal Courts of Justice, one of the largest courts in Europe. It is a Grade I listed, large, grey stone, Victorian, Gothic style building built in the 1870’s. It is commonly called the Law Courts and houses the High Court and Court Appeal for England and Wales.
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