Garden Court Chambers is delighted to be part of Open House London weekend again on 19-20 September 2020. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, information about our building will be by means of this extended Factsheet and not, as usual, by guided tour.
The four Grade 1 listed buildings that number 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields (Garden Court Chambers) have a lively history. Originally built in the 17th (59-60) and 18th (57-58) centuries, the buildings were converted internally for use as one during the 20th century. Our buildings have also had a varied list of owners and occupiers including Lord Montagu, the patron of Samuel Pepys, John Forster, best friend to Charles Dickens, and Spencer Perceval, who is the only British Prime Minister to have been assassinated (1812). Famous architects such as Isaac Ware and John Soane have carried out work to the buildings which may still be seen. These include a fine example of one of the few remaining elliptical staircases, built by Soane.
Open House London is London’s biggest architectural festival giving everyone the opportunity to visit over 700 buildings, new and old, completely free of charge. Many of these are normally closed to the public. For more details, including other buildings participating in the weekend, please visit the Open House website.