Today's guided walk was in central London and featured the Inns of Court. Unfortunately the weather was grey and drab and large areas of the Inns of Court are undergoing restoration and are hidden behind covered scaffolding.
What should be obvious is just how grand these buildings are. There are four Courts and every barrister in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must belong to one. They provide libraries, dining (a pupil must attend 12 dinners before he can qualify. He must also be prepared for the fact that during a dinner he may be called upon to debate any subject of the challenger's choosing) and sometimes accommodation.
~ clicking on the image should make the inscription easier to read ~
Also under restoration is Ede and Ravenscroft (you can see the scaffolding reflected in the window). The company is London's oldest tailors and wig makers and they have been in business since 1689