For one weekend a year many of London's architectural landmarks open their doors offering us a glimpse behind doors which are, for the rest of the year, closed to the public. The hugely popular Open House London
includes more than 850 of the city's sites and buildings - including London landmarks like 'The Gherkin'
, Lloyd's of London
, Battersea Power Station
, The View from the Shard
and the Bank of England
- in this fantastic, free yearly event, now in its 23rd year. There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from including some of the most beautiful buildings - old and new like the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station
. You can also get inside some of the grandest private homes in your own neighbourhood - it's a voyeur's dream come true. For the more serious students of contemporary design, this is a chance to visit spaces by famous modern architects, some of whom give talks and tours of the buildings they've designed. An inspired idea and a real treat whether you're a lover of architecture or just plain nosy. Entry to some of the houses is only permitted via pre-booked tickets acquired through the website www.londonopenhouse.org
. You're advised to bring booking confirmation with you.