Changes to Inn service from 1 September

The Inn is intending to make some changes from the 1st September to reflect the desire of our Tenants to return to work in the Inn and to ease access for our Residents and Members.  This will involve the following:

  • From 1st September, we will be opening the main vehicular and pedestrian gates to the Inn on a pre-Covid regime i.e. opening at 6am and closing at 8pm with the exception of the entrance at 19/21 High Holborn which will close at midnight. Access and egress via this gate will be available on demand though the night as has been the case in the past.
  • From 1st September vehicular access to the Inn will be through the 19/21 High Holborn gate with the exit for vehicles through the Gray’s Inn Square archway onto Gray’s Inn Road. Oversize vehicles will still be permitted to access through the Gray’s Inn Square gate by prior arrangement. The Paddock gates will remain closed other than for service vehicles.
  • From 1st September, the Porters’ Lodge in the new building – One Gray’s Inn (19/21 High Holborn) – will be operational.  We will continue to staff the temporary Porters’ Lodge in Gray’s Inn Square until 2nd October to assist in managing traffic etc.
  • The concession to barrister and commercial tenants of two free car parking places for key staff will end on Saturday 29th August. However, annual passes, which are charged at a discount from the daily parking rate, can be purchased at a pro-rata cost for the remainder of the year.
  • The Walks will reopen at lunchtime from 1st September between midday and 2:30pm.
  • Cleaning of communal areas will continue as it has done over the last 2 months.
  • It is intended to open the Hall for a common room service and to serve cooked to order breakfasts and lunch from 5th October using an App that is being developed.  More information will be provided on this in due course.  The Bridge Bar will remain closed until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the Covid 19 situation and Government regulations and may need to reverse these changes should the situation change.

We are mindful of the fact the some chambers, flats and parts of buildings may have been unoccupied for a period of time and hence there is a risk that Legionella could be present in water systems. The Inn maintains and tests shared water tanks and communal pipework while commercial tenants are responsible for the pipework, fixture and fittings within their demise. An explanatory note has been circulated previously and can be provided on request. Residents who have been away and are returning or have any concerns are asked to make contact with the Estates Department.

Should you have any queries or concerns relating to the above matters please do not hesitate to get in touch but otherwise we look forward to seeing you around the estate as we take a step towards the normal vibrant routine of life within the Inn.

For up to date information on the Inn's response please also see our Covid-19 page. 

Date posted: 24 August 2020