The Jubilee Walkway - Walk 2
The Camden Loop
Not wanting to waste such a lovely summer afternoon, I set out on another one of The Jubilee Walkway circular walks - this time the Camden loop, starting and finishing near Chancery Lane station.
There are many 18th and early 19th century terraces, squares and crescents in the area, most of which were previously fields. Many of these were developed by wealthy families and landowners, such as the Duke of Bedford and streets are named as such, like Bedford Row.
A short stroll brings you out to Coram's Field, situated on the former site of the Foundling Hospital, established by Thomas Coram. The fields are now a children's playground, sandpits, duck pond, pets corner, cafe and nursery. Adults (over 16) are only permitted to enter if accompanied by children (under 16).
Nearby is Brunswick Centre a modern, listed residential and shopping complex designed by Patrick Hodgkinson, and completed in 1972.
A stroll along Euston Road takes you passed the newly redeveloped King's Cross Station and St. Pancras Station and Hotel, next to which is the British Library. Originally part of the British Museum, it moved to this site in 1998, and is the national library of the UK. It has the world's finest collection of books, journals, manuscripts, maps, printed music and sound recordings.
We can thank the existence of the British Museum to Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) who wanted his collection of more than 71,000 objects, library and herbarium to be preserved intact after his death. The museum opened to the public in 1759 and now houses around eight million works.
Near Holborn station you will find Lincoln's Inn Fields and the Sir John Soane's Museum. It was the former home of neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. It holds many drawings and models of Soane's projects and his collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities.
Lincoln's Inn Fields is the largest public square in London and 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 walk ends near the Royal Courts of Justice which houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales. It was designed by George Edmund Street in the Victorian Gothic style, built in the 1870s and was opened by Queen Victoria in 1882. It is one of the largest courts in Europe.
Distance: around 4 miles.