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FIRST CLASS Apex Temple Court Hotel


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COURTING COMFORT


The area around EC4 has never been famous for its hotels, but as Nicholas Hall discovered all that is beginning to change.


Newspapers abandoned Fleet Street and its environs close to 25 years ago and ever since then its former cohabiters from the legal profession have injected some previously-scorned respectability into the area. While the ancient facades of many buildings have remained unchanged, their interiors have been gutted of their dust and grandeur to be replaced with shiny modern offices. As for accommodation, back in the good old, bad old days, one had to trek up the Strand to find overnight lodgings of any respectability.


As we discovered, things have changed. We were given the chance to try out the new Apex Temple Court Hotel, tucked away behind Fleet Street in the


Inner Temple, which is the heart of ‘Legal London’, surrounded by barristers’ chambers and near to the Royal Courts of Justice. It offers four star accommodation and dining with a refreshingly retro 80s vibe that sets it apart from the more traditional fare in the area.


Temple Court opened last March, having been converted from a set of barristers’ chambers. It retains something of that magisterial air. You walk into the hotel through a handsome courtyard typical of the Georgian-inspired architecture in the area, into a modern reception area. What I liked about the public areas was that they have been designed to accommodate large amounts of visitors, perhaps for events, without losing their aura of space and light.


We arrived late on a Friday afternoon to a friendly welcome from the staff, and


being a bit frazzled from travelling up from the country, we were more than ready to relax in our room with a drink and peruse the dinner menu before heading downstairs. The guest rooms are comfortably and colourfully appointed and have all the amenities you would expect from a four star hotel, including free Wifi and local telephone calls. We stayed in a deluxe room with separate sofa area, HD TV with Sky, and a bath with separate walk-in shower. There’s a plenty of cupboard space, clever lighting, and a well stocked mini bar. Complimentary newspapers and magazines were a nice touch and there was also the added bonus of an ample balcony with seating and views to the London Eye and Westminster Palace.


Having fortified ourselves with a much needed gin and tonic, we headed down to the appropriately named Chambers Restaurant, the design of which is clean


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