• Apex Temple Court Hotel History

    The area immediately around the Apex Temple Court Hotel has a rich history forged by Templars, Serjeants, barristers and journalists.

    The Inner Temple

    The Inner Temple has a long history stretching back to the middle of the 12th century, during the reign of Henry II, when the Military Order of the Knights Templar built Temple Church by the Thames and other buildings ranging as far north as Fleet Street in the area now known as Temple.

    Two centuries later in 1312, lawyers came to occupy the Temple site where the medieval Inns of Court offered accommodation, dining and educational facilities to practitioners of the law and their students. The Inner Temple continued to expand during the reigns of James I and Charles I, before the outbreak of the First English Civil War led to a complete suspension of legal education, with the Inns close to being shut down.

    After a period of slow decline in the 18th century, the following 100 years saw a restoration of the Temple's fortunes, with buildings constructed or restored. Much of this work was destroyed during World War II, when the Hall, Temple, Temple Church and many sets of chambers were devastated. Rebuilding was completed in 1959. Today the Temple is a flourishing and active Inn of Court.

    Serjeants' Inn

    The Apex Temple Court Hotel occupies the site of one of the historic Serjeants’ Inns which housed on order of barrister’s known as the Serjeants-at-Law. The last record of the Serjeants-at-Law here dates from their departure in 1730. Buildings on the site have changed over the years: the Great Fire of London destroyed the original Inn in 1666. After the Serjeants left, the rebuilt Inn had a number of uses until it was bombed during the Second World War. The current post-war Neo-Georgian building was largely used as offices until being redeveloped as the four star Apex Temple Court Hotel in 2012.

    Fleet Street

    The courtyard at Apex Temple Court leads from the Inner Temple onto the famous Fleet Street, the historical home of London’s newspaper industry. The area has been associated with publishing since 1500 and with newspapers since 1702. This is no accident: it’s perfectly situated between the seat of government at Westminster, the home of the legal profession around the Temple area and the beating heart of the City’s financial district.

    London’s daily news trade was world famous but the exploits of its journalists were even more so. Most major news organizations have since left the area, but some still remain: DC Thomson, publisher of The Sunday Post and The Beano, still has prominent offices across the street from the entrance to Serjeants' Inn.