The Stationers' Hall Garden is a fine paved and landscaped courtyard garden dominated by a London plane tree which was planted in 1837, for Queen Victoria's accession. The tree is said to have gained nourishment from the ashes of illegal books burnt here in the 17th century. The Stationers’ Company, which received its charter from Mary Tudor in 1557, was a group of printers and booksellers, ‘stationed’ in and around St Paul’s Churchyard. The Hall and a warehouse, which looks like a row of cottages, were rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666, forming three sides of the courtyard along with the Wren church of St Martin within Ludgate.
This is one of London's oldest gardens, lying between Fleet Street and the Embankment. Famed for its sumptuous herbaceous borders, overlooking lawns interspersed with mature trees, and its views out to the River Thames and London's famous landmarks.
A Medieval Banqueting Hall provides the backdrop for the garden sweeping down to the Embankment. Courtyards and cloistered areas of Barristers' Chambers provide quiet sanctuary in the heart of the City.