One of the four ancient Inns of Court, Middle Temple is situated at the heart of London, overlooking the Thames. Although just moments away from Fleet Street, The Strand and Embankment, the peace and tranquility of the grounds and the awe-inspiring splendor of the buildings is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the London streets.
Built between 1562 and 1573, the main buildings have remained virtually unchanged to this day, with many original features surviving the Great Fire of London and both World Wars. Superb, detailed architecture, impressive oak paneling and beautiful stained glass create a breathtaking and majestic atmosphere - a truly spectacular setting for your event.
Weddings, gala dinners or garden parties, board meetings, AGMs or corporate dining; our specialist staff are experts in creating tailor-made events that are as unique as this luxury event venue - Middle Temple - itself.
From the cobbled, gas-lit streets through to the Hall itself, the Middle Temple has been a home for legal professionals since it was first built in the 16th century. Many of the original Tudor details have survived and are still in place today, such as the beautiful heraldic stained glass memorial windows and the double hammer beam roof of the Hall.
Over the years many tales have been told about the various original artefacts that can be found throughout the Inn today. These artefacts are all still in use, and now, for an event at this historic and luxury event venue, will lend a unique atmosphere to any event.
We offer tours of the Inn and its gardens and our expert guides have many stories to share about the history of this incredible venue and the tales that surround it.
Please contact us to book a time with our guides.
Did You Know?
In the Hall is a long, oak-beamed High Table, used by Masters of the Bench for generations.
It is 29 feet long, and made of three planks cut from a single oak tree in Windsor forest, and floated down the Thames. The table was installed within the Hall during construction, and has never left since.
At the far end of the Hall is a finely carved, elegant oak screen.
It was made in 1574, just after the completion of the Hall, but was shattered during the Blitz. Each piece was saved and the screen was painstakingly reconstructed after the war.
The Minstrel’s Gallery, above the screen, has been used by many famous musicians over the years, and is still used today.
There is a longstanding tradition of Candlemas celebrations at the Inn, including the first performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 1602.
The Inn has a strong connection with navigation and exploration since Elizabethan times.
Sir Francis Drake visited the Hall in 1586, and the table holding the register of members called to the bar is believed to have been made from the hatch cover of Drake’s ship, the Golden Hind.