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Royal Courts of Justice
Keep walking straight up the rather narrow road, but do watch out for the cyclists speeding on their way down!
You might have been tempted by a drink in the Old Bank of England, but we never…ever recommend eating the pies. It was here on Bell Yard that Mrs Lovett had her famous pie shop. The pies were filled with the human body parts harvested by Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber back down Fleet Street. People travelled from all across London to taste these unique and distinctively flavoured meat pies. People often ask us what these pies tasted like? And all I can say is that allegedly it isn't totally dissimilar to a Gregg's sausage roll!
And by now you're probably wondering what the majestic building on our left is. This is the Royal Courts of Justice. The second highest civil court in the land. A place where Sir Paul McCartney divorces his wives, Johnny Depp fights for his Hollywood reputation and Sir Elton John papers over the cracks in his private life with a handy celebrity injunction or two. This stunning neo-gothic building has over 1000 rooms and around 3 and a half miles of corridors. It's a public building and well worth a visit in its own right. You can even eavesdrop on the court cases of the day.
But for now let's carry on straight across Carey Street, and up into Star Yard where we can see where the high-flying legal eagles come to be suitably attired for their big day out in court.