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Open House London

It's Open House London next weekend, which I am looking forward to. Any recommendations for places to see? Cheesegrater is obviously on my list, and I have tickets to 240 Blackfriars and CityPoint. What are you planning to see?

These are some of the places I have been to in the past:

Crystal Palace Subway
Canada Water Library
Carpenters' Hall
Chartered Accountants' Hall
One Canada Square
Citigroup Centre
Brunel Museum
Battersea Power Station
Peter Jones
Holy Trinity Church
Argentine Ambassador's Residence
Romanian Cultural Institute
Adaptable House

City Hall
Westminster City Hall
The Pumphouse, Pimlico District Heating Undertaking
Limehouse Town Hall
Limehouse Accumulator Tower
Skyroom and Architecture Foundation
Masonic Temple
St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
Custom House
Apothecaries' Hall
City of London School
One New Change

Lloyd's of London
BT Tower
Broadgate Tower + 201 Bishopsgate
30 Crown Place
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Spitalfields Charnel House
Sandycombe Lodge
The LuxPod
Institut français du Royaume-Uni
College of Psychic Studies
Balfron Tower
Chrisp Street Market Clocktower

Neasden Bunker
The Stables
Master Mariners
Foreign Office
Banqueting house? Admiralty house? My records are incomplete for the Saturday.
Babylon Roof Gardens
Shell Grotto
York House
Orleans Gallery
Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare

Vintner's Hall
30 St Mary Axe
Old Turkish Baths
Village Underground

Gibbs Building
Neasden Bunker
The Stables
Blizard Building
Brunel Museum

Neasden Bunker
St Anne's Church

Photos on Flickr: Open House London.

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I would like to go seethings on the Saturday, but have no idea what yet! augeas will be out of town at PyCon, so I'm on my own.

Any chance I might meet up and tag along with you on Saturday to the things you go to other than the ones you've got advance tickets for? (I'll have alook later at what the possibilties are!)

(Sunday I have Dino pony to take care off, so if I do any Open House at all it will be my now-traditional poke around some things local to home or to the Finchley area which is on my way to the stable yard)

Mark and I have tickets for 240 Blackfriars Road at 12-1, and Citypoint at 4-5.

Probably makes sense to stay fairly central between those times .. So if you fancy that, you're welcome to join us!

Cheesegrater I am not sure whether to do Saturday or Sunday - at 10, but I plan to get there beforehand and queue as it will be very popular.

Saturday at 6.30 I was contemplating the bat walk at Cody Dock.

Open to suggestions still at this point!

This is my current plan for Saturday:

9- 11: 9AM queuing (entry at 10): Cheesegrater.
12:00 - 13:00 - 240 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NV, London, England. (Booked tickets)
16:00 - 17:00 - CityPoint, Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9SS. (Booked tickets)
18:30: Bat Walk at Cody Dock, 11c South Crescent, Canning Town, E16 4TL.

Thanks for letting me know. I ended up oversleeping today, and have somewhere non-Open House related to be at 4ish now.

I will try to get up early enough to do *something* tomorrow. It would be odd to not do anything - as far as I can recall, I've never missed open house yet since finding out about it, though some years I've only made it to a few things.

What are your plans for tomorrow?

Ended up too exhausted to make it to the bat walk!

Thinking of Canary Wharf Crossrail at 10.30 tomorrow.

Details in case you fancy it:


Entrance from the North Colonnade opposite 1 Canada Square, between the Financial Conduct Authority and Bank of America buildings, E14 5HS, London, England

First come basis. Self-guided walk through the site using designated segregated walkways. NB Sensible clothing - jeans and closed sturdy shoes. Unsuitable for under 5's.

The tour of Royal Festival Hall is pretty good - if they're doing the same route as last year, you get to poke around backstage dressing rooms and secret bars, explore basement corridors (which they hadn't repainted much after a wartorn promenade theatre piece), clamber over walkways along the top of the concert hall, and walk out onto the roof. Not sure how booked out it gets, I just arrived early last year and got onto the first tour.

Looks like Freemason's Hall is on the list again this year. They let visitors into the normally off-limits Grand Temple, which is a ridiculously decorated space and worth seeing if you haven't.

Thanks for the suggestions! They both sound good.

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