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Middle Temple Hall, London

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The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, commonly known simply as Middle Temple, is one of the four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as barristers, the others being the Inner Temple, Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn. It is located in the wider Temple area of London, near the Royal Courts of Justice, and within the City of London.
In the 13th century, the Inns of Court originated as hostels and schools for student lawyers. The Middle Temple is the western part of "The Temple", the headquarters of the Knights Templar until they were dissolved in 1312. The Temple Church still stands as a "peculiar" (extra-diocesan) church of the Inner and Middle Temples.
The Inns stopped being responsible for legal education in 1852, although they continue to provide training in areas such as advocacy and ethics for students, pupil barristers and newly qualified barristers. Most of the Inn is occupied by barristers' offices, known as chambers. One of the Middle Temple's main functions now is to provide education and support for new members to the profession. This is done through advocacy training, the provision of scholarships (over £1 million in 2011), subsidised accommodation both in the Temple and in Clapham, and by providing events where junior members may meet senior colleagues for help and advice.
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  • Fabulous venue with unparalleled heritage - open to public lunchtimes. Food is good rather than excellent, but you cannot beat eating in same room as Elizabeth I did and where William had his first...  more »
  • The lunches here are exceptional. Everyday there is a different menu and the choice of dishes are exceptional. I usually book the serving table as there is self serve as wel. The service is...  more »
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  • One of the four Inns of court. For those interested in the legal history of the country it is really a special place to walk around. Get a reservation for lunch. The grand hall is one of the spaces which inspired the great hall in Harry Potter. The lunches here are everyday and historic. A couple scenes from Shakespeare take place here since he used to attend lunches here. For example, when I was there a US Supreme Court Justice happened to be in town for lunch.
  • Steeped in history going back centuries. One of the four Inns with an impressive list of former members. Fantastic set of gardens in a great location. Well worth a wander through.

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