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Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Published January 31st 2011
Lincoln's Inn Fields covers an area of more than 10 acres and today is the capital's largest public square.

The space, made up of three fields, has been open to the public in one form or another for nearly a thousand years, with its current layout created by Inigo Jones back in the 17th century.

It's a wonderfully peaceful enclave in the middle of a busy part of the city, shielded from traffic by trees and shrubs spread throughout the square, which also provide welcome shade on brighter days.

It can get a tad crowded in the warmer months, with local workers splaying out on the grass, eating lunch and basking in the sun but then if you like people watching, the more the merrier eh?

Situated only a stone's throw from the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice, among law schools and colleges, and surrounded by barristers' offices and such like, it's a safe bet to assume that this area has the highest concentration of legal eagles anywhere in the UK, if not the entire world.

Besides tennis courts and a bandstand, Lincoln's Inn Fields is also the site of The Terrace in the Fields (open Monday to Friday), a classy restaurant run by celebrity chef Patrick Williams, serving up tempting Caribbean British fusion dishes, with three-course set menus available for 20. So if you fancy breakfast among barristers, or lunching with lawyers, this is the place to come.

Around the fields you'll find a number of attractions, such as Sir John Soane's Museum (a museum of architecture), the Royal College of Surgeons (home to the Hunterian Museum), and The Old Curiosity Shop (in fact, very old built in 1567), said by some to be the inspiration for Dickens's novel of the same name. Its quirky interior is sure to delight and enchant all who step inside!

If you're in the Holborn area of an afternoon, drop by Lincoln's Inn Fields to break up your day. You might even be able to get some free legal advice while you're there - should you need it, of course.
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Why? Perfect for a moment of respite from the often chaotic city atmosphere.
When: Open every day from 8am until dusk.
Where: Nearest tube stations: Holborn and Chancery Lane.
Cost: Free
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