The long saga of The Terrace restaurant has moved on another iteration with news that it is to become Lincoln's Bar and Kitchen. Finchannel.com says: 'The 88-cover restaurant, in which Benugo will invest £500,000 in the redesign and the refurbishment of the building, is set to open in July in conjunction with Camden’s historic Sir …
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Margaret Thatchers funeral tomorrow will see closure of Fleet Street and the Strand from at least 0730 to as late as 1500. The Holborn traffic circulation relies on these two arteries so there will be much congestion in the roads around the Fields. It isn't yet clear if/how traffic will get to the Fields. Closures …
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The Fields were invaded by a hundred or so tweed-wearers on bicycles today from the London Tweed Run. It was all quite surreal with penny-farthings a plenty.
The new hedge and fence on three corners of the park is part of a plan to protect the grass from people walking diagonally across the Fields. It was kind of obvious that when the railings were removed that people would walk across on the shortest possible route. Even through the shrubberies. The ground was …
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Sir Robert Hunter was one of the co-founders of The National Trust. He was a lawyer with an office at 6 Lincoln's Inn Fields (a building more famous recently for being "The Apprentice House 2013" in this year's season of the BBC talent/light entertainment show). The Trust was created in part to buy up public …
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There is an intriguing pre-fabricated building in Lincoln's Inn Fields, the former Terrace Restaurant. It has a chequered history - the act of Parliament governning the Fields bans buildings that aren't in connection with the 'convenient use and maintenance' of the Fields. The Terrace was an ok-ish destination restaurant - ie not intended for people …
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This small but important road at the rear of Lincoln's Inn Fields had fallen in to very poor repair. It was resurfaced just before Xmas 2012. Whetstone Park crops up in Pepys diaries (16 November 1668) . He was chasing after his wife's former maid Deb, with whom he had been caught having an affair. …
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Present: Robert McCracken (Chair) Sue Palmer Peter Dodge William Perrin Fran Perrin Julian Robinson Amanda Rigby Walter Hand Apologies: Noreen Kent Mary Kerr Outstanding Items from previous meeting Filming William had spoken with the film companies directly regarding their parking as well as parking attendants. Robert will investigate further film vehicle parking/double parking Walter still asked …
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A neighbour recently passed me a digital copy of the above book from 1896, around the time that the Fields became a public park. It's a wonderful period piece and well worth an idle browse with a cup of coffee. The book also serves as a snapshot of the area only a few years before …
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The hard engineering has gone in for the Olympic restrictions - Remnant Street is blockaded, a huge pedestrian island has sprung up in the middle of Kingsway and, weirdly the postbox on Kingsway near Great Queen Street has been wrapped in clingfilm because they won't be letting the post office van stop there to empty …
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