Open House London 2014

open house londonI’ve had a brilliant weekend visiting some amazing buildings in London as part of Open House London. I’m rather obsessed with London architecture so this annual weekend is pretty much the highlight of my London cultural year.

Open House London – 20th-21st September 2014

Open House London started in 1992 as a way of celebrating the capital’s building design and architecture. The small not-for profit organisation behind Open House London wanted to ‘open up London’s splendid buildings to the general public who don’t otherwise have access’. It was all part of a wider aim to help the London community ‘become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture’.

This year over 800 buildings opened their doors to the public as part of Open House weekend. As you can imagine a lot of thought went into deciding where to visit! There are certain buildings that are extremely popular and you have to be prepared to queue for at least two hours. I don’t mind queuing, but with so many buildings on offer I try and visit less popular places so I can visit as many buildings as possible over the two days.

This year we managed to visit:

  • Lloyd’s of London
  • Royal Courts of Justice
  • Cabman’s Shelter (Temple)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • HM Treasury
  • Wilton’s Music Hall
  • Canary Wharf Crossrail Station Construction Site
  • Trinity Buoy Wharf

I’ve wanted to visit some of these buildings for years so it was fantastic to finally get inside. I didn’t think we’d manage as many buildings as we did (whilst still enjoy the experience!) so I’m really happy that the timings worked out well for us.

I’m planning to share photos and details for all the places we visited as part of Open House London over the next week, but for now I just want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers for making this weekend possible. I’ve never met so many passionate people and it was wonderful to learn so many new things over the space of one weekend.

Did you take part in Open House London this year? Where did you visit? I’m already planning for Open House London 2015!

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3 thoughts on “Open House London 2014

  1. Lisa

    I love Open House, it’s my fourth year now I think and this year I did: Lloyd’s Register Building, St Botolph without Aldgate church, the Lloyd’s Building (a revisit as I’d been before), two cabbie shelters (Embankment and Temple), Wilton’s Music Hall and the Old Operating Theatre Museum. As always with Open House, some of the best properties were the most unexpected.

    Your list sounds like a great selection of buildings.

    1. Carla B Post author

      That’s a good selection! I know what you mean; even with the expected properties it was parts I didn’t know anything about that were the best.

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