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28 November 2018Tour of Middle Temple

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Tour of Middle Temple
Wednesday 28 November 2018

Cost £12.00

Located in the heart of London’s legal quarter, Middle Temple Hall is one of the four ancient Inns of Court.  It was built between 1562 and 1573 and remains virtually unchanged to this day having survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 and both World Wars.

Middle Temple Hall, officially opened in 1576 by Queen Elizabeth I, is probably the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in London.  Its hammerbeam roof is purported to be the best in London.  One of the tables in the hall is made from the timbers of the Golden Hinde;  above the table is a massive painting of King Charles I by Anthony van Dyck, and also portraits of Charles II, James II, William III, Elizabeth I, Queen Anne and George I.  The first recorded performance of Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night was in the hall in 1602.

Make your way to the main entrance of Middle Temple Hall at 10.45am for tea, coffee, biscuits (included in the price) in the Queen’s Room.  Our 1 hour tour starts at 11.15am. And we will have 2 guides.   Members have the opportunity of lunching in the Hall, menus are available on their website:  www.middletemple.org.uk .  Members wishing to stay for lunch must book in advance on telephone 020 7427 4820 or e-mail: events@middletemple.org.uk.

The Temple Church is adjacent, a late 12th-century round church built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters, recently finding fame due to the Da Vinci Code. Entry charge: £5.00 (£3.00 senior citizens).  Renowned for its music there is also an opportunity for members to stay for an Advent Carol Service at 5pm details: http://www.templechurch.com.

The nearest tube station is Temple on the Circle & District lines.  Please contact Sue Miller on 01442 832569 or email hermes1@btinternet.com  to book your place.