Tour Locations | Historical Pubs of London: A Tipply Trundle Through Liquid History
You'll soon pass the ornate brick entrance to one of the four remaining legal inns of London on your right. If you’re getting a slight sense of déjà vu, Lincoln's Inn and surrounding area is often used to film many a Hollywood period drama. From Downton Abbey to Mission Impossible it’s likely that you’ve been here before via the magic of the silver screen.
Let's cross over towards the park on our left and stop by the large stone water fountain.
(5 SECS PAUSE)
Once you've crossed over you can turn around to enjoy the views of the stunning Lincoln’s Inn gatehouse and Tudor-style Great Hall. It's within these hallowed halls that the creme de la creme of legal London ply their trade, with the Bentleys and Aston Martins in the carpark attesting to their stratospheric charges of up to £10,000 an hour. Youch!
The beautiful undercroft of Lincoln's Inn chapel was a place where mothers once abandoned their babies if they could no longer care for them, knowing that they would be well looked after amongst these esteemed surroundings. If the mother or family could not be traced then the surname historically given to the foundling child would always be Lincoln. I’m unable to link this all the way back to President Abraham, but our enquiries are still ongoing.
And listen carefully and perhaps you might hear the chapel bell ring out.
Cast in 1615 it tolls by ancient custom at midday on the death of a bencher within the Inn. A practice long held to be the inspiration for the quotation from John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” poem that famously concludes:
'And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee'.
Now let's spin back around and walk directly away from the ornate gatehouse. We’ll be keeping the park fence on our right hand side.