Explore Hidden Corners Of London On These Free Tours

Explore Hidden Corners Of London On These Free Tours
The ornate red and gold painted ironwork inside a pumping station
Plenty of pumping stations open to the public. Image: Heritage Open Days

Ornate Victorian pumping stations, an oak-panelled board room, and a pint-sized museum of antique televisions are all accessible, as part of this years Heritage Open Days.

Running from 9-18 September across the UK, Heritage Open Days invites urban explorers into nooks and crannies of the country that are often off-limits.

Shelves of vintage TVs - the top row of them is on
Possibly the best shed museum anywhere. Image: Londonist

This year's theme is 'Astounding Inventions' and London highlights include:

All are free to visit/do, but you'll need to book in advance. Booking for different venues opens/closes at different times — your best bet is to peruse the calendar, earmarking the places you're keenest to visit.

September is a bonanza month for those eager to do a deep dive into London; the Open House festival also runs 8-21 September.

Last Updated 15 June 2022

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