Oxford is unique. Since the early Middle Ages, the university has been a byword for learning, attracting the finest scholars of the day. But it is much more than an intellectual powerhouse. Every century has bequeathed its own treasures. A stroll through the city reveals ivy-clad college quadrangles, dreamy riverside paths, ancient pubs, and timeless panoramas of towers and spires.
As a historian, an Oxford graduate and a resident of the city, I can offer not only a guided tour of the principal sites but also personal insights into the workings of the university and its place in national life.
At the very heart of London, lies a network of tranquil squares and gas-lit courtyards, almost undisturbed by tourists. This is Lawyers’ London, a home to the legal profession for more at least 600 years and little changed since the young Charles Dickens first found work as a junior clerk in an attorney’s office. Behind the gates of the four venerable Inns of Court can be found some of London’s most spectacular architecture set among exquisite gardens.
A qualified barrister, I aim to provide a picture of the legal profession today – we visit the Royal Courts of Justice – as well as an excursion down one of history’s most picturesque byways.