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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th August 1978 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
20th August 1978 Two dead after El Al crew ambushed in Mayfair.
20th August 1923 London harbor strike ends
20th August 1909 Born today: Andre Morell, London England, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles)
The Royal Courts of Justice
This is one of the splendid gothic sites in London.
Location: The Strand
Description: The Royal Courts of Justiceis where the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and the High Court of Justice of England and Wales sit.
The building is a huge grey stone Victorian Gothic style palace of buildings and was designed by George Edmund Street, who beat off 10 other leading architects.
The building was started in 1873 by Messrs. Bull & Sons of Southampton and it was officially opened by Queen Victoria in December 1882.
It took 9 years partially because of a Mason's Strike which caused a scandal when the builders brought in European builders to continue it's progress.
The courts within the building are generally open to the public although sometimes cases have restrictions.
There are over 1000 rooms and a 3 mile labyrinth of hallways.
The Great Hall is a staggeringly 82ft high, 238ft long and 48ft wide and can accommodate 600 for a dinner or 800 for a cocktail reception.