The guide to the London Open House weekend will go live on Friday morning, and reveal the details of those venues that need booking in advance.
Normally, I would be sitting there eagerly waiting with my list ready as I would have paid for the printed guide. But it hasn’t arrived. In fact, over the past few years the benefit of paying for the guide has diminished to the point that I am wondering why I bother.
A few venues are using Eventbrite to handle booking following the fiasco a couple of years back when everything broke down. Sadly, some venues are still email or ballots, meaning that you wont know what you have for hours, if not days — which makes planning damndably difficult.
However, those that are using Eventbrite can be guessed at via that website search, and here are a few highlights:
Many of them say “sold out”, but that’s because booking is not supposed to start until Friday morning!
The tree house is a timber framed and reclaimed timber clad addition to two 1830’s terraced cottages. Its ramped interior reframes the activities of the house around the garden, absorbing the ½ storey level differences.
A behind the scenes tour of the 1901 museum building which was designed by Edwardian architect Charles Harrison Townsend.
Tour of Highpoint foyers, gardens and interior of a flat.
Guided tours providing a rare opportunity to access the 50 metre high, historic Caledonian Park clock tower, see the impressive working clock mechanism and enjoy the spectacular views over London from the top.
Fishmongers’ Hall is a rare example of a Greek Revival town building, featuring an arcaded granite base and a riverside terrace. Designed by the architect Henry Roberts and built between 1832 and 1835, the Hall’s classical simplicity is contrasted by the magnificence of its interior rooms.
You will be introduced to the history of the building, and hope to see the hotel lobby and grand staircase, go up to the 5th floor and see an apartment in the Clock Tower before returning to the forecourt of the station.
Tour of Dunboyne Road Estate guided by original architect and resident Neave Brown and local resident, architect Takeshi Hayatsu.
…Crossrail will also open up three building sites for tours, but bookings for those don’t open for a couple of weeks, so I will flag them up later.