"The Halls and public rooms of Lincoln's Inn are steeped in tradition, [...] They house a huge collection of paintings and armorial bearings, bearing the image and name of such illustrious members of the Inn as Sir Thomas More, John Donne, William Penn, William Pitt, Cardinal Newman and Margaret Thatcher. The panelled walls, stained-glass windows and impressive galleries lend opulence to any event."
"The Great Hall (or New Hall) is one of the most distinguished buildings designed by Philip Hardwick (1792-1872). Working in the Tudor Revival Style, he produced a building of great originality, strength and refinement, considered by Pevsner to be the best surviving example of its kind in London."
The Old Hall is a wonderful example of beautifully maintained Tudor architecture and has many notable features including the wooden screen at the south end, designed by Inigo Jones, and Hogarth’s painting of "Paul before Felix" on the North wall. The Old Hall is the setting for the opening scene of Bleak House, Charles Dickens – "London. Michaelmas Term lately over and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall….Fog everywhere."
The Crypt beneath the Old Hall was for centuries used for storage of fuel, food and wine. Now the brick groin vaulting has been restored to its former glory and is used as a reception area.
The Scala Days dinner this year will be at the Great Hall and at the Old Hall. To reach Lincoln's Inn from the Barbican, we are offering this year a London Tour in a Classic Routemaster bus: we will board you at the Barbican and we will take you directly to Lincoln's Inn.
In case you are delayed, or you prefer to walk, you can also follow this map; it is an easy walk which takes about 25 minutes. You can also use public transport, but in that case you will need an Oyster Card beforehand.
The exact directions to Lincoln's Inn are available on this page
To get additional information about the Great Hall, please visit this page. Information about the Old Hall is available here. You can find the site plan on this page. Additional information about Lincoln's Inn is available here.
Follow the link to see all the Scala Days locations.