On the case: legal London

Central London, London

On the case: legal London

Get court up in London’s intriguing legal history with former barrister Emma Matthews, and witness the City of London’s most legit landmarks.

This is a tour that raises the Bar and gives you a glimpse of its inner workings, as a former barrister helps you to navigate London’s legal history. Learn about famous trials (and errors) – and look criminally good in a robe and wig – before bailing out into the City’s most storied quarters.

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Emma Matthews

Your insider

Emma Matthews

Barrister turned Blue Badge guide

Emma Matthews is no common-law guide. She stepped up to the Bar and got wiggy with it as a barrister in the Inns of Court before switching to life sharing her knowledge with discerning tour-goers. When you consider the evidence – exhibit A: her intimate knowledge of London’s most historic hidden corners – your verdict will be that it was a most judicious choice.

A Bar crawl around the Inns of Court, a Fleet-ing visit to journalism’s spiritual home and a knightly affair in Temple.

3 hours
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00
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Where you'll go
Justice is served in juicy anecdotes as you learn the secrets of Lincoln’s and Gray’s inns, romp around the Royal Courts of Justice, court of the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Bear Garden amphitheatre. Wander down ‘read all about it’ row, Fleet Street, for press-stopping stories and top your trip off in Temple Church’s inner sanctum.
What you'll do
Explore Dickens’ haunts, then hear testimony of captivating trials (and maybe experience one first-hand) before trying on some barrister chic. Untangle the Knights Templar’s mysteries and take coffee in the Inner Temple Pegasus Bar (usually open only to Inn of Court members).
Experience location
You’ll be meeting Emma Matthews at a Tudor landmark on Chancery Lane; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.