London opens its doors

London opens its doors

For some, London’s iconic landmarks are an everyday sight (it seems like wherever you are in London now the top of The Shard is peeking out from the cityscape). Yet while they’re commonplace to us from the outside, it’s rare that we ever get the chance to view from the inside looking out.

With this in mind, Open House London has been dusting off the locked door-handles to some of London’s most marvellous buildings, celebrating its greatest neighbourhoods and places, and granting access into the hottest new architectural spots for 21 years. The initiative has even gone global, with Open House now taking part in cities from New York and Buenos Aires to Tel Aviv and Melbourne.

This year, 10 Downing Street is opening up its infamous black door for the first time, adding to over 800 buildings taking part in the project, including Battersea Power Station (one of the last opportunities to see before its major re-development), The View from The Shard, London Eye, the Gherkin and Gray’s Inn.

It’s completely free – taking place every September – and gives the opportunity for people to take a closer look and engage with architecture in London. Another first for this year, participants are also being welcomed to join in debate with experts about the state of new architecture in the city.

Other tours available are neighbourhood walks and cycle rides which map projects such as the redevelopment of the Olympic Park, private homes showcasing ground-breaking design and face-to-face insights from architects, engineers and city planners.

Registrations for free places to 10 Downing Street, The View from the Shard, London Eye, Gray’s Inn and the Open-City Debate will be chosen at random from a ballot, open from now until 13 September. Don’t say that you haven’t been warned…

Open House London 2013, 21 and 22 September 2013. For more information or to join the ballot visit

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