What I most associate with London is the mix between brick houses, old wooden storefronts, and glass and steel high-rises. It may appear as if the 21st century had a baby with one of the King Georges – do not hold me to that, though, as I am no expert in architecture. But seeing as Londonium was founded by the Romans, it is pretty safe to say you can find a mix of architectural styles from around 2,000 years.
One quarter the 21st century does not have seemed to reach yet is Temple. After entering through a small passageway that I almost missed when coming down the Strand on the bicycle I rented that morning, I seemed to have traveled back in time. While the Strand and Fleet Street, both bordering Temple, could be considered to be two of London’s busier streets, the only traffic – and sound – you will be aware of in Temple are pedestrians.
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple is located within the block. At first glance, it appears to be the secret society German author Kerstin Gier wrote about. But it actually houses one of London’s four Inns of Court – the professional associations for the barristers and judges of London. Middle Temple is another of the Inns, also located in Temple. It is no surprise two of those for Inns can be found in the area when the Royal Courts of Justice are located just around the corner. The building is open to the public but with limited access only.
It has a gorgeous courtyard you are sadly not allowed to take pictures of, but when looking at the tower to the right, you can probably imagine it. The photo was taken from the backside of the compound.
SAINT PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
St. Paul’s Cathedral is probably the most famous church in all of London. It is definitely the biggest and the most important, seeing as it serves as the seat of the Bishop of London. While the Cathedral only dates back to the 17th century, the original church was almost a thousand years old. Sadly, it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Within the Cathedral, several well-known people are buried. Among them are the Duke of Wellington, Lord Nelson, and Sir Alexander Fleming. When visiting, you can also climb up to the roof. The Stone Gallery, a balcony installed just below the dome, allows for great views over the city center.