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Lincoln's Inn Fields, London

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Lincoln's Inn Fields is the largest public square in London. It was laid out in the 1630s under the initiative of the speculative builder and contractor William Newton, "the first in a long series of entrepreneurs who took a hand in developing London", as Sir Nikolaus Pevsner observes. The original plan for "laying out and planting" these fields, drawn by the hand of Inigo Jones, was said still to be seen in Lord Pembroke's collection at Wilton House in the 19th century, but is untraced. The grounds, which had remained private property, were acquired by London County Council in 1895. It is today managed by the London Borough of Camden and forms part of the southern boundary of that borough with the City of Westminster.Lincoln's Inn Fields takes its name from the adjacent Lincoln's Inn, of which the private gardens are separated from the Fields by a perimeter wall and a large gatehouse.The grassed area in the centre of the Fields contains a court for tennis and netball and a bandstand. It was previously used for corporate events, which are no longer permitted. Cricket and other sports are thought to have been played here in the 18th century.
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  • This is a good place to come for lunch on a decent day. There is some Spring colour too at the moment  more »
  • It is the square publishes most large London, founded in 1630. Around there are several important buildings such as the land registry, the Center for studies of commercial law, school of political science and economics... Ideal for a picnic on the lawn, or doing Tai Chi, or take a book and read it quietly lying on the grass relaxing...
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  • This is quite a large square with the garden in the middle. Public access with a cafe (which I didn't try), lots of mature trees, tennis courts to hire if you so wish. In good weather, worth a sit dow...  more »
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