Tuesday 13 March 2007

Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, London

In the heart of lawyers' London, this park-cum-square is framed by a striking array of architecture, ranging from the 17th century’s chapel of Lincoln Inn through fine Georgian town houses, now used as offices, to eclectic Victoran and modern buildings. The unimaginative park fails to live up to its surroundings. There is too much tarmac around the central bandstand. A mishmash of gnarled old trees and shrubs shades modest expanses of grass, several tennis courts (£6.90 to book for an hour) and an undistinguished restaurant. A rare green-space in this part of London, Lincoln’s Inn Fields needs and deserves a face lift5/10