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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, but these are no longer permitted. Cricket and other sports are thought to have been played here in the 18th century.
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  • On my walks through Central London I often pass through Lincoln's Inn Fields if I'm in the Bloomsbury, Russell Square, Fleet Street or Holborn areas. The lovely Lincoln's Inn of Court complex is on th...  more »
  • Small but quiet park close to Theatre Land. A suitable place to eat a picnic lunch if going to a theatre matinee. A very good cafe with wood burning pizza oven and delicious cakes. Only draw back the ...  more »
  • A nice ready square of the pillars, but who knows how to stay calm. There are enough to relax and a kiosk. Pretty houses around, you should visit the Sir John Soane's Museum.
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  • Great park. Of of the few central London circus parks that is open to the public. Tidy and well looked after. Has a pagoda, benches, a café and some tennis courts. The cafe opening hours are disappointing on the weekend from what I remember - something like 4pm? The park is great for group and. In particular wedding photography (my best friend's at the tart of September).
  • Nice little park with cafe and tennis courts in the middle of London. Away from the main strips so reasonably quiet. Comes with bonus squirrels!
  • Nice quiet out of the way square. Good to get away from the busy main road. Also has a small cafe.
  • One of my favourite parks in London. It's not huge, but it has a lovely grassy area for picnics. There is also a pretty little cafe in the middle of the park with the toilets as well as nice wooden tables and benches outdoors. In the summer they close the park at 21:00.
  • This is a great park in central London near Holborn, there is a restaurant in the park which does some really nice oven baked pizza's. The park has a few tennis courts for hire and a lot of green grass for summer time BBQ and picnic's. It's really popular during the lunch time with all the companies around and has become even so popular with a lot of people playing and catching Pokemon here.