With the lockdown uncertainty affecting the annual Open House Weekend, instead of a guide book, they’ve produced an Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs.

The book is not just a catalogue of the places that may or may not be opening their doors for Open House, but an exploration of the neighbourhoods, housing estates and public buildings that lie around the corner, rather than on a tube or a bus into town.

Open House has brought together thirty-three writers; architects, activists, and Londoners to present thirty-three essays exploring famous and unheralded buildings, streets, estates and neighbourhoods across the thirty-three London boroughs.

Pre-order the book here for the early bird rate of £12.99 plus P&P.

Any existing pre-orders for the normal visitor’s guide will be sent the book at no extra cost.

If/when the Open House event goes ahead, the listing information will be on their website, with advanced online access to everyone who has pre-ordered the book.

Pre-orders will be dispatched in September 2020.


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  1. Boring Old Fart says:

    In days past you would order something for delivery when it became available. Now we have to pre-order the item. When is the pre-order converted into an order?

    • ianvisits says:

      My parents had to pre-order the ZX Spectrum for me months before it was available to ship.

      Checking the online newspaper archive, and it was routine to pre-order items in the 1940s and 50s as sellers were unsure when supplies would be available.

      Maybe the Boring Old Fart should check his or her facts before making easily disproven claims?

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