In Pictures: Open House 2010

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 95 months ago
In Pictures: Open House 2010

Interior of the 17th floor of the Broadgate Tower. Photo / DeanN

Open House, the ever-popular weekend event in which hundreds of normally private buildings in the capital are thrown open to the curious and the nosy, has come and gone.The main attraction this year was the BT Tower, open to the public for the first time in decades. Of the 35,000 people who applied to go up, 500 lucky ones were selected from a random ballot, and not a single Londonista was among them. Fortunately, our connections meant that we were able to get some pics from somebody who went on the tour.
Gazing over London from the BT Tower. Photo / Frank Pickard
Gazing over London from the BT Tower. Photo / Frank Pickard
The surreal remnants of the Middlesex Hospital in Fitzrovia. Photo / Frank Pickard
The surreal remnants of the Middlesex Hospital in Fitzrovia. Photo / Frank Pickard
Pretty much unbeatable view of London from the BT Tower. Photo / Frank Pickard
Pretty much unbeatable view of London from the BT Tower. Photo / Frank Pickard
View of one Open House venue (Village Underground) from another (Broadgate Tower). Photo / M@
View of one Open House venue (Village Underground) from another (Broadgate Tower). Photo / M@
Roof terrace of 55 Broadway, the London Undeground HQ, taken from the building's 14th floor. Photo / DeanN
Roof terrace of 55 Broadway, the London Undeground HQ, taken from the building's 14th floor. Photo / DeanN
Interesting view of the Centre Point staircase Photo / McTumshie
Interesting view of the Centre Point staircase Photo / McTumshie
Royal Society Council Room. Photo / shuma.rani
Royal Society Council Room. Photo / shuma.rani
Interior of the 17th floor of the Broadgate Tower. Photo / DeanN
Interior of the 17th floor of the Broadgate Tower. Photo / DeanN
The Thames Tunnel shaft at Rotherhithe. Photo / flickrway
The Thames Tunnel shaft at Rotherhithe. Photo / flickrway
City Hall. Photo / Che-burashka
City Hall. Photo / Che-burashka
Chandalier at Carpenters' Hall. Photo / takoyaki1981
Chandalier at Carpenters' Hall. Photo / takoyaki1981
View from Centre Point. Photo / Treesiepopsicles.
View from Centre Point. Photo / Treesiepopsicles.
Stoneleigh Terrace - a 1970's modernist housing block - backs on to Highgate Cemetery. Photo / M@
Stoneleigh Terrace - a 1970's modernist housing block - backs on to Highgate Cemetery. Photo / M@

We did, however, manage to get a place on the other big Open House debutante, the London Underground headquarters at 55 Broadway. The extensive tour (for which security restrictions meant no photographs were allowed) covered the Art Deco building's 10th, 7th, and 2nd floors, and included a rare visit to the 14th floor rooftop. Diamond Geezer and Ian Visits also went, and have typically excellent reports.

What were your favourite Open House discoveries, and what would you recommend for next year? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated 20 September 2010