The annual Open House weekend is just around the corner. Over 600 buildings will open doors to the non-paying public on 15-16 September. To make the most of the two days, and avoid the longest queues, it makes sense to plan ahead. You can pick up a brochure form participating libraries, or order online for £4. It’s a small price to pay for an event that requires hundreds of volunteers and puts you face to face with some of London’s more inaccessible secrets.
You’ve probably already missed the chance to visit the gherkin. Tickets sold out faster than a burning cheetah. But there’s plenty more on offer. Here are a few of the new locations opening their doors this year:
Stratford International: get a sneak preview of the new Eurostar station.
King’s Place: Impressive new HQ for the Guardian. We got our own tour a few months back.
Primrose Hill Tunnel Eastern Portals: part of London’s first railway tunnel
Government’s Art Collection: Described teasingly as ‘near Tottenham Court Road’. Could it be in the old Goodge Street deep level shelter?
Flying Tube Trains: Those weird Tube carriages, now studios, above Great Eastern Street.
And, of course, there’s the usual assortment of governmental buildings, livery halls, City offices and so on. Even a Turkish bath converted into a pizza restaurant.