TODAY IS A DREAM DAY for those who love ART, ARCHITECTURE, TREASURES and HISTORY.
Once a year, every September, many buildings in London which are not normally open to the public,throw open their doors for everyone to visit the art and treasures inside. Open House weekend provides a rare insight into many old and fabulous buildings in London. If you love London, its buildings, its history and/or architecture then this is your weekend. This event effectively provides a tour of several of those buildings.Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Every September, it gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free.
WE WILL AVOID THE SUPER QUEUES FOR THE OBVIOUS BUILDINGS AND INSTEAD SEEK OUT THE LESSER KNOWN TREASURES !!
The City of London is famous for its many beautiful buildings. This afternoon, Saturday, we will visit and view a few of them and also a couple on the Southbank.
Meet at the Guildhall, Gresham Street at 12.30pm and will focus on buildings in the City and the Southbank.
Please note that if you want to visit the Guildhall itself in detail (and I would recommend it) be sure to arrive early, even well before the 12.30pm start time, to give yourself enough time to look around as we aim to LEAVE the Guildhall sharply at 1.30 pm.
FINAL ITINERARY (intended to be flexible regarding subsequent timings) is as follows;
12.30PM till 5:30PM)
1) GUILDHALL (pictured)
2) VINTNER'S HALL
3) CITY of LONDON SCHOOL
4) UNILEVER HOUSE
5a) WINCHESTER HOUSE
5b) KIRKALDY TESTING WORKS
If time permits we will try and take in all 3 i.e. 5a, 5b and 5c)
then finally (those that want to) can join us for a superb two course Thai Meal (£10) and Happy Hour Drinks (£2.50 each) or alternatively retire to a nearby bar for a quick drink and a well earned rest, to discuss some of the amazing buildings just seen.
However, please note that we may need to be flexible as the afternoon progresses, and there may be queuing for entry.
See the open-house website at www.openhouselondon.org.uk for a catalogue of buildings and fuller details.
All buildings listed are free to enter this weekend.
It may be sensible to bring or buy a sandwich and/or snacks and drinks to sustain you during the afternoon visits
Be prepared for a considerable amount of walking and a little queuing also, in order to gain entry into the more popular buildings.At about
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