Craig recommends… Here’s my review of a Royal Courts of Justice tour, and what it’s like to watch a trial. Whilst you’re in the vicinity of the Royal Courts you could go and have a look at Temple Bar and Temple Church in Fleet Street. Somerset House is only a short walk down the Strand (home to the Courtauld Gallery). And there are a couple of nearby churches that are worth a look as well: St. Clement Danes and St. Dunstan-in-the-West.
Its architectural style might be pure 13th-century, but the Royal Courts of Justice was actually designed by George Edmund Street in the 1870s.
The Victorian’s love with Gothic fits well in the Strand, and has made it one of the capital’s most beloved buildings.
High-profile civil cases are contested here: financial cases, libel cases, slander and divorce. If you want to see a criminal case like a bank robbery or assault then you need to go to the Old Bailey instead.
You can often see a famous face or two giving an interview outside in front of a bank of cameras, after they descend the steps in victory… or defeat.
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