This is a sponsored article on behalf of Institution of Civil Engineers.
Fed up with your usual after-work drinks venue?
Try this on for size: on Friday 19 October, ICE is throwing open the doors of One Great George Street — the prestigious home of civil engineering — to members of the public, completely free. Not only will you get the chance to tour ICE's Grade II listed building, you'll probably learn something new too...
Don't worry if you don't know a thing about engineering. All you need here is an inquisitive mind — and what Londoner doesn't wonder what keeps this city ticking?
With a whole evening of talks, hands-on activities, and games to enjoy, it's your chance to get the lowdown on some of London's biggest infrastructure projects, including the two currently going on beneath your feet: Crossrail and Tideway.
Hear from Crossrail's Operations Director, Howard Smith, detailing what it will be like to ride London's new underground railway. Plus, Tideway CEO Andy Mitchell will be speaking about his experience leading the construction of the five billion pound super sewer. Other speakers include, Tim Cutts and Claudette Forbes, talking about the Bakerloo line extension project, and Sakthy Selvakumaran, PhD Researcher at University of Cambridge, talking about the use of Satellites in engineering.
Engineers will be on hand to answer all your burning questions, and you can try your hand at a bit of engineering yourself: why not have a go on the 'fight the flood' simulator?
ICE’s Invisible Super Heroes Exhibition will stay open late for the event with interactive activities, and lots of LEGO, highlighting the often overlooked engineering superheroes who keep the capital functioning. If you're feeling confident, battle it out in an engineering pub quiz.
To top it all off, the evening will be soundtracked by an array of talented jazz performers, in an open mic showcase of some of the best tunes in London. How's that for a Friday evening get-together?