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The smallest ‘listed building’ house in London 

This lovely lodge is known as the Ostler’s Hut and it was built in the 1860s as a resting place for the ostler.

Smallest building in London
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We are in the courtyard gardens of the very important Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, one of four Inns of Court in London to which the barristers of England and Wales belong.

This lovely lodge is known as the Ostler’s Hut.

According to various online accounts, it was built in the 1860s as a resting place for the ostler, the man in charge of caring for the horses of both law students and those visiting Lincoln’s Inn.

But a few years later, with the advent of the automobile, the ostler was soon out of work and the building was never used again.

The very small building is Grade II listed, and is now used as a small storage space.

If you want, you can watch the video of the Ostler’s Hut on TikTokInstagram and Twitter!

London Ostler's Hut
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Lincoln’s Inn runs 90 minute tours where you can see the wonderful Great Hall, which was opened by Queen Victoria in 1845, and which serves as the dining room for members of the society, the beautiful Chapel, whose first stone was laid by the poet John Donne, and the Old Hall, dating back to 1490.

There is also a restaurant and bar, The MCR, which also offers an excellent afternoon tea.

The Courtyard Gardens of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn are open to the public Monday to Friday 12pm to 2.30pm and are free to visit.

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