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There's a similar thing going on in Glasgow. http://www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com/
And all over the rest of Scotland in Spetember, it would seem. http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays/areas.aspx?subid=55
I'm off to the architecture talk for the newly opened arts centre on Trongate. They had an opening last weekend and the screenprinting demo was pretty interesting. http://www.trongate103.com/
Must be a national thing. Y'all should check to see if there's one local to yous.
Sorry for the hijack, vammo.
But I shall be this Saturday. Visiting the nuclear bunker and the flatpack temple in Neasden before hitting whatever I can find in the City.
I don't know if things like the gherkin are open this year, but if there are really popular ones, I'd recommend getting there early, as the queues build up pretty quickly.
The best things I saw were the Foreign office, which is ridiculously grand and the mayor's building by tower bridge (no idea if either of these are open this year).
120 Fleet Street (the old Daily Express building)
Rudolph Steiner house
The Olympic Park
Freemasons' Hall (just to see what it's like in one of them)
Shame that, I really wanted to go to it.
It's probably my favourite building in London.
Some good food for thought here...
Blenheim Gardens SW2 5ET
Sat 10am-4pm/Sun 11am-4pm.
NB. Now open on Sat/Sun. Regular tours, first come basis."
bamos doing the tour?
its all nearly gone.
ie: after I've been at the barbecue first.
i really should, but can never muster the effort to remember all the little houses that I want to see. not really interested in going to any of the big old classic building kind of things.
the entries (including mine!!!)for a design competition for a new habitable London Bridge are being exhibited at St Marys at the Wall near Tower Hill. Should be interesting, ours didn't win but clearly it should have..:
Venue: St Mary-at-Hill Church, Lovat Lane (off Eastcheap) London
An exhibition displaying 73 entries to the recently concluded London Bridge Ideas competition is to take place. The exhibition will be the first opportunity to see all of the entries to this competition which, following its launch in May this year, attracted submissions from architects all over the world.
The exhibition will take place at St Mary-at-Hill Church, Lovat Lane (off Eastcheap) London, from Wednesday 16th to Tuesday 22nd September 2009. The exhibition will be open from lunchtime on the 16th and then daily between 10.00 to 5.00pm, with the Saturday and Sunday (19th & 20th) coinciding with London's Open House Programme.
Organised on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA), a Livery Company of the City of London, the competition marked the 800th anniversary of the opening of the first London Bridge in 1209AD. The competition invited today's designers to imagine a new version of the inhabited bridge.