About The Supreme Court Building
Also before you enter, turn around and you'll see a commemorative poem by former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion etched into the curved stone seating.
In the 1980s, the building was used as a Crown Court but when it was chosen to be The Supreme Court it underwent major renovations before reopening in 2009. Many of the original features of the building have been preserved, cleaned and improved, including the light wells which can be seen in the new public cafe. An area that was once outside and filthy has been thoroughly cleaned and a glass roof added.
What It's Like To Visit
You may only realize the public are allowed inside from the cafe sign by the front entrance but once you go in, you'll be greeted and then pass through security - bag scanner and airport-style person scanners - and then be free to enjoy the public areas of the building.
Head downstairs to see the permanent exhibition about the UK legal system and the Supreme Court's role, as well as more about the building. Public are also allowed to enter the courtrooms during a court case and you can check the schedule online. There is also a screen in the basement to follow the court cases - everything is screened live - so you do have to enter the courtroom to see the action.
Also in the basement, you'll find some souvenirs for sale and the cafe in the renovated light well. There are also clean toilets making this a great place to stop for lunch when visiting other attractions in the area.
The Supreme Court
London SW1P 3BD
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Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9.30am-4.30pm.
Nearby you'll find a popular Harry Potter Film Location in London.
At The Back of The Building
While on a black cab tour of London with @johnthecabby and other London writers, we discovered an interesting stone gateway on the back of the building. The sign reads:
The Stone Gateway is all that remains of the early 17th century Westminster House of Correction or Bridewell later known as Tothill Fields Prison. The gateway was resited here by the Greater London Council in 1969.
You can find out more about this 17th century prison doorway in Westminster on the Ian Visits blog.