Open House London 21-22 September visit 800 buildings / attractions for free many not normally open to the public
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Open House London 21-22 September visit 800 buildings / attractions for free many not normally open to the public

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Starts at 21/09/2019Refreshed 12th Aug (Posted 11th Aug)Expires on 22/09/2019
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Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.

E.g. the Gherkin, Bank of England, Foreign office, portcullis house
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Thanks,will visit The Gherkin .
Edited by: "AW0079" 11th Aug
How does it work?
Trending11/08/2019 15:38

How does it work?


You just turn up and join the queue.
A few years ago I queued for 2 hours with the kids to go inside the Bank of England.
Best to get there early because It’s a really popular event, not forgetting that overseas tourists also turn up.
Edited by: "Toptrumpet" 11th Aug
If you're into (proper) Photography, be aware that some locations don't allow it.
From the list above, BoE and PH don't. So don't waste your time queuing if you're just interested in the photos.
For other locations, it's worth contracting them in advance to try and arrange a private visit.
It's worked for me in the past.
Just a heads up the list of sites doesn't come out until 20th Aug
Toptrumpet11/08/2019 15:43

You just turn up and join the queue.A few years ago I queued for 2 hours …You just turn up and join the queue.A few years ago I queued for 2 hours with the kids to go inside the Bank of England. Best to get there early because It’s a really popular event, not forgetting that overseas tourists also turn up.


If it's a well known location get there early, preferably before the advertised opening time, and be prepared to queue. Some very popular locations, and I'm thinking probably the Gherkin is one of these, require you to book a time slot in advance and/or join a ballot for a time slot.
Edited by: "bookdream" 12th Aug
It's a great event. I have been on a few. Some of the best I've been to are the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Portcullis House, former Daily Express office (Fleet St) and Channel 4. There are also lots of architect-designed/renovated homes as well (like you see on Grand Designs). I haven't seen what's on offer this year but a few years ago they also organised a free guided boat trip (about 2 hrs) from Westminster to the Thames Flood Barrier about the civil engineering projects going on in London. That was brilliant.
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