An award-winning garden in one of the four Inns of Court. The name derives from the 12th-century residence of the Knights Templar, which was built on the site and whose round church still survives. Their refectory and ancient buttery were adjacent.
Traditionally this was the scene of the plucking of the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York. In 1602 Shakespeare's first presentation of Twelfth Night was held in Middle Temple Hall.
Today the planting is a mixture of herbaceous borders, rosebeds, a lavendar walk and trees surrounded by lawyers' chambers and apartments. Elm Court is a charming, formal rectangular garden. The fountain in Fountain Court appears in Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens.