Royal Courts of Justice Ultimate Guide
Anyone with a legalistic brain, appreciation for architecture, or a passing interest in sweet, sweet justice should make the Royal Courts of Justice a part of their trip to London. Check out our Royal Courts of Justice ultimate guide to help you on your way!
Opened by Queen Victoria 1882, the Royal Courts of Justice houses the High Court and The Court of Appeals of England and Wales. The building looks like a palace, with its beautiful gothic arches and high, vaulted roof. The courts are also located on Fleet Street, home to the demon barber Sweeney Todd. The courts within the building a generally open to the public with some access restrictions depending on the nature of the cases being heard. Entering through the main gates on the Strand, one passes under two elaborately carved porches fitted with iron gates. The carving over the outer porch consists of heads of the most eminent judges and lawyers. Over the highest point of the upper arch is a figure of Jesus; to the left and right at a lower level are figures of Solomon and Alfred the Great; that of Moses is at the northern front of the building. Also at the northern front, over the Judges entrance are a stone cat and dog representing fighting litigants in court! It’s well worth a trip – not least because it’s only a short walk away from Covent Garden and Theatreland. Temple Church across the road is also beautiful and well worth a look!
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