London Open House weekend - 16-17 September - hundreds of buildings free to visit, special events etc. DIFFERENT WEEKEND TO REST OF U.K.
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London Open House weekend - 16-17 September - hundreds of buildings free to visit, special events etc. DIFFERENT WEEKEND TO REST OF U.K.

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This is always excellent , so much to see for free and mostly easily accessible via tube, bus, dlr, rail, boat. Some places, particularly government/Westminster building like the the foreign office, attract large queues. Also the Bank of England, Gherkin etc.

Many of these buildings are not publically accessible normally. Many have staff, volunteers etc stood everywhere, you can ask them quatioms, the vibe is very relaxed and casual. Even if you don't normally like museums , this is a very fun and fascinating weekend. The buildings are extremely varied. So many ornate ones, old and new, offices, private homes, everything.
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You can visit lots of buildings on the Rightmove site as well
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We explored trading floors of an investment bank, portcullis house (home to most of the MP's offices) and the c4 head quarters.
If youre nosey, like architecture or design get amongst it. Expect long queues for the star attractions but it pre easy to see a few things in the day.
only119 m ago

[Image] We explored trading floors of an investment bank, portcullis house …[Image] We explored trading floors of an investment bank, portcullis house (home to most of the MP's offices) and the c4 head quarters. If youre nosey, like architecture or design get amongst it. Expect long queues for the star attractions but it pre easy to see a few things in the day.


Oh man, I bet you had a great time, think of all those historic buildings you could have wasted your time in! Luckily, you went in an office.
wow an office chair and computer...those crazy office workers!
The one thing I wanted to see was the St Pancras Chambers and Tower ... but yes, as I expected ... sold out.

Anyone know when the open house event normally starts? - I'd like to get in early next year and bag a slot.
The rest of the building was pretty cool, retrace over looking the Thames. I prefer modern architecture - everywhere else was sold out.

lesson - get in quick or keep an open mind
only12 h, 59 m ago

[Image] We explored trading floors of an investment bank, portcullis house …[Image] We explored trading floors of an investment bank, portcullis house (home to most of the MP's offices) and the c4 head quarters. If youre nosey, like architecture or design get amongst it. Expect long queues for the star attractions but it pre easy to see a few things in the day.


Hey, which was that investment bank? And does one need to book these things or is mainly a matter of queuing to enter? Asking because we've got a 4y old kid and I doubt we could do much queueing
Cool! Office man.
mickael281 h, 6 m ago

Hey, which was that investment bank? And does one need to book these …Hey, which was that investment bank? And does one need to book these things or is mainly a matter of queuing to enter? Asking because we've got a 4y old kid and I doubt we could do much queueing

I feel ya... I have a 5 year old
Same qs as above
^^
Some places require you to book. Other places don't.
For popular places like 30 St. Mary Axe and Lloyd's of London, if they open at 9am for example.
I'd recommend you get there for 6am, no kidding.
If you wait until 9am or later to get there, you'll still have to queue, but you'll be wasting time queuing, when you could be visiting other locations.
mickael285 h, 52 m ago

Hey, which was that investment bank? And does one need to book these …Hey, which was that investment bank? And does one need to book these things or is mainly a matter of queuing to enter? Asking because we've got a 4y old kid and I doubt we could do much queueing



mickael285 h, 52 m ago

Hey, which was that investment bank? And does one need to book these …Hey, which was that investment bank? And does one need to book these things or is mainly a matter of queuing to enter? Asking because we've got a 4y old kid and I doubt we could do much queueing


Japanese Bank called Nomura - a very interesting building - built within one of the eight lines to St. Paul's so has an odd shape to it. Didn't have to queue ad it wasn't a 'super star'
Cross rail was the big star last year and maybe again.

its a good excuse look at some of the different building you might wander past otherwise.

Port culis house was a queue but only 10/15 mins
The Argentine ambassador's residence on Belgrave Square is worth a visit if you're in the area and probably won't have queues.
I went a few years ago to the Foreign Office in London and that was good
Sambat22 h, 2 m ago

You can visit lots of buildings on the Rightmove site as well


These buildings are chosen because of their importance in ARCHITECTURE! Get a grip.. Go and listen to architects explaining .. Have a look at Lloyds of London .. and some eco buildings...
Goal17 h, 45 m ago

I feel ya... I have a 5 year old Same qs as above


Some you need to queue. But 5 year old is a good age to start.. as long as he/she hasn't taken a liking to the word NO! LOL!
TygerTyger20 h, 29 m ago

The one thing I wanted to see was the St Pancras Chambers and Tower ... …The one thing I wanted to see was the St Pancras Chambers and Tower ... but yes, as I expected ... sold out.Anyone know when the open house event normally starts? - I'd like to get in early next year and bag a slot.


I say that to myself every year and I'm too late for the Shard, AGAIN !
Thanks! We have guests coming that weekend
Sambat18th Aug

You can visit lots of buildings on the Rightmove site as well


Love your dry humour Sambat, think it flew over Most people's head
Looks like a lot events have their registrations closed.
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