"Wednesday 6 April. ... We then walked into the City, and then strolled about the Temple, which is a most agreeable place. You quit all the hurry and bustle of the City in Fleet Street and the Strand, and all at once find yourself in a pleasant academical retreat. You see good convenient buildings, handsome walks, you view the silver Thames. You are shaded by venerable trees. Crows are cawing above your head. Here and there you see a solitary bencher sauntering about. This description I take from the Reverend Dr. Blair, who is now come to town. To select all these circumstances shows a fine imagination."
Boswell's London Journal 1762-3 James Boswell