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Climbing up the Limehouse Accumulator Tower
Climbing up the Limehouse Accumulator Tower

If you use the Docklands Light Railway, you might have noticed a rather strange octagonal tower near Limehouse that seems to be sitting in an abandoned patch of waste-land. This tower, built in 1869 conceals a hydraulic accumulator that was

A tour of Grosvenor House Hotel

Another of the Open House London events – a guided tour of one of London’s more luxurious hotels, which is probably more famous for its basement, than for its rooms. Grosvenor House Hotel is named after the original occupants of

Visiting the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

As part of the Open House London weekend, one of my pre-booked tours included a visit to the newish Supreme Court building in Westminster. Not the first time I have been in the building, as I have been in once

Visiting The Conservative Club in St James

The exterior may look suitably anonymous to the average passer-by, but inside number 74 St James lurks not only an impressive interior, but also hosts an important aspect of the history of the modern Tory Party. The building was the

Loyalty is not rewarded

Had an email from Open House London this morning that has frankly, put me in a bit of a bad mood. The Open House 2010 press evening reception to officially launch the 2010 event takes place on the revolving 34th

Another way to get a tour of the BT Tower

If you haven’t entered the ballot for tickets to go to the top of the BT Tower for Open House London, then you should be sending that email off sharpish. Applications to be sent to [email protected] Ballot closes Mon 13th

Booking opens to visit the top of the BT Tower

While tickets to visit most of the favoured venues for Open House London 2010 were snapped up within just a few minutes, tickets for the highly coveted chance to visit the top of the BT Tower are being allocated by

That “Other” Open House Weekend

What is commonly called London Open House Weekend is officially called Open House London, and is organised by what was called Open House but is now called Open City. If you live outside London, you also have an Open House

Booking Details for London Open House Weekend 2010

It’s that time of year again as the catalogues are posted out for the London Open House Weekend (18th-19th Sept) and I peer through it for all the juicy properties that need pre-booking when the website goes live on Monday

Chance to visit the top of the BT Tower

OMG! OMG! OMG! The iconic BT Tower in the centre of London that has to be in the top-10 of any Londoner’s list of buildings they would most want to go inside will be open to the public this coming

The 2010 Open Garden Squares Weekend

The details for the gardening version of London Open House Weekend have been announced – where us mere mortals are allowed to wander around those closed off garden squares that act as glorified roundabouts in the posher parts of London

Chance to visit the Kingsway Subway tunnels

Some years ago, I cam within a whiskers length of getting a tour of the Kingsway subway tunnel that runs near to Holborn in central London, and is now largely used as a storage box by the local council. Sadly,

London Open House Weekend – The Naval Club
London Open House Weekend – The Naval Club

Another of the pre-booked tours for Open House Weekend were the guided tours of the Naval Club in the rarefied airs of Mayfair. The building itself is a notable example of early 18th century grand houses, and indeed, one of

London Open House Weekend – The Thames Tunnel
London Open House Weekend – The Thames Tunnel

Lurking not too far from where I live is a subterranean marvel that is considered to be one of the most important locations in engineering history. I am referring to the currently closed off East London Line railway – for

London Open House – The White Tower
London Open House – The White Tower

Another of the London Open House events that needed pre-booking, and this was a visit to the White Tower inside the Tower of London. Unlike the tourists who were a) paying and b) going inside the Tower, we a) didn’t

London Open House – Westminster Town Hall

In my perambulations around London for the annual Open House events, I found myself in between planned venues so decided to wander around to Whitehall to see what was available san-queues to occupy a spare hour. I was already in

London Open House Weekend – Bookings

The annual Open House weekend is fast approaching, where hundreds of buildings are open for us nosey types to peer around. It’s one of my mandatory weekends where everything else is cancelled in favour of near-military planning to cram in

London Open House Weekend – Dates Announced

One of my favourite annual events, the London Open House Weekend, has confirmed the dates for 2009 – and I am now marking the weekend of 19th-20th September as unavailable for anything else. I usually buy the Event Programme as

Centre Point Tower (London Open House)

I have been rather slow in uploading photos etc from London Open House Weekend, so here is another one. I managed to book tickets for a visit to the Centre Point tower in central London. It had been my second

Beefeater Gin Tour (London Open House)

On Sunday, as part of the London Open House Weekend – I had a tour of London’s last remaining Gin distillery – which produces Beefeater London Dry Gin. The other so-called London Dry Gins (the ones in distinctive green bottles)

London Open House – Day 1

The morning of my favourite weekend started well – with a quick trip up the tower at St Anne’s in Wardour Street. There is a rather fine clock up there, and on a landing half way up, a rather earnest