A note for your diaries, as next month there will be a rare opportunity to explore a tiny jewel of secret London, a 1719 Huguenot merchant’s house that was converted into a Synagogue, and is now in a precariously derelict state.

While the decay is troubling and curtails letting people in too often, it does make for a remarkably atmospheric place to visit when it is open.

About half of the building is still off-limits as it is too fragile to let anyone stomp around – including sadly the 3rd-floor bedroom which was untouched for 10 years and is a time-capsule of a lonely recluse.

The building – being owned by a trust seeking to convert it into a museum of immigration – has quite a few displays dotted around the place showing off the various aspects of immigration in the UK.

There is no need to book, however openings, thanks to their rarity have been very popular, so be prepared to queue. Entry is free, donations appreciated.

Opening times:

  • Sunday 18th June, 2pm-6pm (last entry 5:30pm)
  • Sunday 25th June, 2pm-6pm (last entry 5:30pm)

Ian has visited it before – review here. The building is at 19 Princelet Street, in Shoreditch.

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