TODAY IS A DREAM DAY for those who love ART, ARCHITECTURE, TREASURES and HISTORY. Once a year, always in 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, history and/or architecture then this is your weekend. This event offers a tour of several of those buildings.
Meet at the War Memorial at Trinity Square (opposite Tower of London). If you are late go straight to nearby Trinity House where you will catch up with the group.
We will meet at 11.00am and will focus on buildings in the City and West End. Therefore a travelcard is advised
Having looked at the catalogue of open buildings in more detail, most buildings are in fact open only on Saturday rather than Sunday. Those open on Sunday tend to be more spaced out and will therefore involve more walking or use of public transport for short hops. A travelcard will therefore be very useful.
SUGGESTED ITINERARY - Subject to change - please check back later.
The itinerary is as follows: 1)Osborne House, 2)GuildHall, 3)Apothecaries Hall, 4) Middle Temple Hall, 5)Maughan Library and Kings College, 6)Pushkin House, then a quick tube ride from Holborn to Green Park to visit the 7)Lansdowne Club (Berkeley Sq) and 8)Handel (the composer) House. After all of that we head straight to the Warwick Bar (Warwick street/Glasshouse St.) for a well earned rest and drink!!
These are all open this Sunday. However there may be queuing and therefore we may need to be flexible as the afternoon progresses.
All listed buildings 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.
We will hopefully manage to gain access to as many of those 8 sites as possible during the afternoon. as time allows. The open house event closes at around 5:30pm, after which we will head off for a well earned rest, a bite to eat and a drink at the Warwick, to discuss some of the amazing buildings just seen.
See the open-house website at www.openhouselondon.org.uk for a catalogue of buildings and fuller details.