The Inns of Court

(13 customer reviews)

Holborn underground station, London (main exit, debouches onto Kingsway)

Guided by Karen or Molly or Shaughan

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You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Monday Weekly 2 pm 4 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online
Wednesday Weekly 11 am 1 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

Short read: Magic casement into olde worlde…

Shaughan read: “My favourite walk of all. Quiet gardens, a truly eclectic architectural rattle-bag and a glorious roll-call of British eccentrics: the Wits, the Windbags and Wayward Wigs. The cream of English intellect as it battles over Wives, Writs, Wills, Widows and Wrecks. Find out what happened when Tony met Cherie! Meet Rumpole! And as these are private grounds – a privilege to be able to show you round m’lud. And hear the verdict at the end in the High Court.” Thus spake Guide Shaughan.

And Guide Shaughan spake (speaks) here as well: Legal London Podcast 1. And here: Legal London Podcast 2.

Long read: The Inns of Court – habitat of the wigged and gowned English barrister – could pass for a collection of Oxford and Cambridge colleges right in the heart of London. They’re a warren of cloisters, courtyards, and passageways set amongst some of the best gardens in London. So: ancient rites and customs, high drama, colourful characters, and matters of life and death amid delightful surroundings. It’s a rich confection, making this the prettiest and most historical of our central London walks. Welcome to London’s legal enclave.


Legal & Illegal London – the Inns of Court takes place at 2 pm every Monday and at 11 am every Wednesday.   

The meeting point is just outside the main exit of Holborn Tube

The main exit is on Kingsway. Holborn Tube, which is on the corner of Kingsway and High Holborn, has two exits. The side exit goes out onto High Holborn. The main exit – the one you want – goes out onto Kingsway. The guide will be standing just outside the main exit, the Kingsway exit, holding up copies of the distinctive white London Walks leaflet. If you take the Tube to Holborn Tube Station go up the escalator, go through the ticket barrier and go straight ahead. You’ll come out onto Kingsway, right where you need to be to meet the guide.

On Mondays the walk is guided by Shaughan. On Wednesdays it’s guided by Karen or Molly.

The walk ends at or just over the way from the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, near Temple Tube.  


We do two very different ones. Click here to read about Jackie’s. And click here to hear her guiding a bit of it.

And click here to read about Richard III’s. And click here to hear Richard guiding his.


Want a preview of the Inns of Court walk? Watch this little handheld video. It’ll give you a pretty good idea of the “like nowhere else” territory the walk explores – where it goes, the doors it opens, the secret little passageways and courtyards it threads its way through.


“Best Tourism Experience in London”  Gold Medal Winner, Visit London

“We selected the ‘Legal and Illegal’ walk to discover the four Inns of Court where Barristers have their chambers. Our guide was Angela, an actress. Her knowledge of the Inns of Court and their history was encyclopaedic. She made the tour utterly fascinating and she brought her theatrical training to bear. She needed no microphone as her delivery was clear, bright and concise and not without a good deal of humour. She was an absolute delight. The two hours tour flew past. I have in the past lived in London and worked not too far from where the walk was centred but never imagined such places existed and so close to the main thoroughfares that cross the City. I will certainly be trying more of these walks in the future, but for the sheer joy of Angela’s wonderful tour you really must do this one.”  Silverdale15  Stockport, United Kingdom

“Did this walk with Angela on Friday. So interesting and got to see a most beautiful part of London you would otherwise miss. Angela was great and told us so much. We certainly got to know what she thought of the present government (not much!). But that’s good. Better than being dull. Will certainly do another walk sometime and would highly recommend this walk.  Joan T. Wigg  Bingley, United Kingdom  24 Feb. 2020


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, The Inns of Court it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the The Inns of Court walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


Don’t just take it from us.


13 reviews for The Inns of Court

  1. Nick Sermon

    Great tour on 10th January with Simon – extremely knowledgeable and very personable. I especially liked the literary contexts with Charles Dickens. Very entertaining and I learned a lot! I can’t wait to try out other tours when I am back in London.

  2. jacqueline hollidge

    Inns of Court 29/12. One of the best walks I have done. We were so lucky to have such a fun and informative guide Simon.
    Thanks for such a great tour, I would thoroughly recommend it.

  3. Marie Olive

    Very informative and entertaining tour with Simon today. Highly recommended!

  4. Geoffrey Peter Marshall

    I did the walk on Wednesday the 15th of December. Molly was the tour guide. It was a walk I had wanted to do for many years, and I had researched the history prior to doing the tour. Molly was an excellent guide, she made the tour informative but not complicated. I thoroughly recommend this tour especially if you want to see a hidden part of London, that is right in the heart of the old city.

  5. Neil Byrne

    We took the Inns of Court tour with the appropriately named Simon Law. Of all the tours we have taken Simon is without doubt the most intelligent, funniest and friendly tour guide we have ever had the pleasure to come across. No question was too trivial for him and we enjoyed the odd belly laugh at his jokes. Strongly recommend getting yourself on one of Simon’s tours.

  6. Robert Fitton

    St Paul’s Cathedral. With guide Isabel

  7. Robert Fitton

    Inns of court walk with Simon. Really interesting.

  8. Tim

    Just to say Shaughan was magnificent today, when I joined his trip. There were only two of us, but nonetheless he gave a top-class performance. Very much enjoyed it: he is a real star turn. I learned a lot and was entertained at the same time.

  9. Hilary Potter

    Brilliant, well-informed tour with Simon. Well worth another go!

  10. Alec Anderson

    Simon is a great tour guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our walk with him. Highly recommended,

  11. Jenny Ketteringham

    This was a very interesting an enjoyable walk. The guide, Simon was excellent. An extremely knowledgable and entertaining guide who set a lively pace and involved all the walkers. I would certainly join other walks with him.

  12. Angela Stone

    An extremely interesting tour. Our guide, Simon, was well-informed, personable, friendly and a talented raconteur. A highly enjoyable few hours and would definitely recommend it.

  13. Amelia Fairney

    We just did the Inns of Court walk with Simon who was an incredibly knowledgeable, funny and engaging guide. It was a fascinating insight into the legal history of London which left our minds buzzing with quirky facts and nuggets of information. Highly recommend!

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