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The Law in London: Half-Day Walking Tour

1. The Law in London: Half-Day Walking Tour

Enjoy a 3.5-hour tour of London’s legal hotspots on a tour ideal for fans of “Rumpole of the Bailey,” “Crown Court” or any of the other TV series that focus on the legal system in Britain. Meet your lawyer guide at the front entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. Go inside to tour this splendid example of Victorian architecture. Discover where London's lawyers meet to discuss cases, and sit in on an actual court case as it’s being heard. Afterwards, walk over to the Old Bailey, perhaps the most famous courtroom in the world. This is where famous cases, such as the “Lady Chatterley's Lover” obscenity trial were heard. You'll also visit the British Law Society, pausing for a tea/coffee break in their magnificent building. The tour also includes a visit to the increasingly important Rolls Building, where Russian oligarchs and others come to settle their disputes. Go through the Inns of Court, passing the spot where former Prime Minister Tony Blair had his cloisters (law offices) prior to entering politics. Walk through the lovely Temple Gardens and visit the Temple Church, made famous by Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code.” It’s also where the Hollywood movie was shot. The tour is all about atmosphere and ambience - and English law of course!  And those of an extra-sensory persuasion may see the ghost of Rumpole of the Old Bailey walking by! Complete your tour at the charming Old Cheshire Cheese Pub, where you will be served a half pint of the best ale on tap. As an added bonus, you will get a complimentary reproduction copy of the Magna Carta, which marked the beginning of the English legal system as we now know it.

London: The Old City of London - Guided Walking Tour

2. London: The Old City of London - Guided Walking Tour

During this 2.5-hour tour, you will learn about the Roman settlements fortified by the wall built in 220 AD – and still visible today. Relive scenes from The Da Vinci Code at the Temple Church, former headquarters to the Knights Templar. Move forward in time through to the Middle Ages when the iconic Tower of London rose over the City. Discuss the Great Fire of London in the shadow of the Monument, dedicated to its memory. Discover the magnificent domed St. Paul’s Cathedral, wedding hall to Charles and Princess Diana in 1981. Stroll the River Thames and plan your route out of the City while learning about the famous Tower Bridge and more recent Millennium Bridge. Explore the streets, squares, pubs, and secrets of London’s most historical district on this enlightening and entertaining excursion.

London: Churches and Cathedrals Private Walking Tour

3. London: Churches and Cathedrals Private Walking Tour

Join this unique walking tour and admire the variety of London’s churches, offering stunning architecture, beautiful sacred art and fascinating history. The live commentary from your 5-Star Local Guide will give you a new appreciation for these monuments. Marvel at the beauty of the Top-ranked Churches in London and see some of the city’s most iconic landmarks along the way. Choose the 3-hour option to visit 3 magnificent churches in the heart of London and learn about the relationship between the Church of England and other denominations. The first attraction is the Westminster Cathedral, which is the largest Catholic church in the UK. Its distinctive appearance delights already from the outside - it is built in neo-Byzantine style and made almost entirely of brick. Inside you can admire a High Altar made of marble , beautiful mosaics and stained glass, and the Blessed Sacrament and the Lady Chapel. Follow your Private Guide through Central London and see highlights such as the Westminster Abbey, the Westminster Palace with the Big Ben, and the Trafalgar Square. Next stop is the elegant Georgian church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, which helds regular classical concerts and recitals. Finally, you will visit the mediaeval Temple Church. It was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and is recognized as one of the oldest and prettiest churches in London. The church appeared in the controversial book The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and was also featured in the movie version. Choose the 4-hour option to also visit the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. We provide skip-the-line tickets so you can skip the queue and head straight for the entrance. It is one of the largest domed churches in the world with architecture inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Explore its beautiful interior, see the Stone Gallery and the Golden Gallery and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of London from the dome with sights such as the River Thames, Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre!

London: Da Vinci Code Private Walking Tour with a Guide

4. London: Da Vinci Code Private Walking Tour with a Guide

The Da Vinci Code Tour of London will take you on a 2 ½ hour walk around central London to unravel the mystery of Dan Brown’s bestseller. Learn fascinating facts about the novel and its subsequent release as a movie. Using stills from the film and excerpts from the book, you’ll visit both the actual film locations as well as the locations featured in the London leg of Dan Brown’s novel. As you get to the bottom of the Da Vinci Code, you’ll also see many famous landmarks along the way including Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, The Strand and many other places of interest. Explore the ancient Knights Templar church featured in both the book and the movie that contains the effigies of the Knights. Walk down the street where Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu escape from Rémy and visit the National Gallery and see one of Da Vinci’s famous works of art The Da Vinci Code Tour of London will finish at Westminster Abbey where you can choose to go inside the abbey at your own leisure.

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What people are saying about Temple Church

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Excellent tour with experienced lawyer giving a close insight

Andrew was an excellent guide, taking time in the key establishments to see the legal workings in action, along with proud overview of heritage and architecture of these amazing buildings. He said from the offset that he was happy to adapt the tour to our key areas of interests and did. We were hoping for a lot from this tour and our expectations were surpassed. (I had delays requesting and having to book alternative date, which was compounded by source booking being undertaken by other operator) Many thanks Andrew!

Very nice tour, definitely recommended for families with teenage children (who speak good English). Technically sound background information and interesting, sometimes amusing stories. The tour gave us a whole new perspective of the court district and the surrounding area (Royal Courts of Justice, Inns of Court, Old Bailey). We would have loved to have stayed longer together in the pub - if there hadn't been a dinner cruise afterwards...

The best experience we ever had

We absolutely loved it! Andrew was wonderful and very informative and helpful