Open House London

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Skyscrapers, City of London including The Gherkin. Photo: © Pawel Libera/London and Partners Pinterest

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Celebrate London's architectural wonders as Open House London throws open the doors to hundreds of buildings and spaces in and around the capital.

Enjoy free access to more than 750 buildings, including churches, museums, public buildings, private houses, schools and offices, and join tours, guided walks and activities throughout the weekend. Explore iconic buildings that are not usually open to the public, learn something new about more familiar spaces, and step into the private homes of the rich and famous.

Open House London 2016 Highlights

•See what's behind the black door of 10 Downing Street, the residence of the British Prime Minister.

•Tour The Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), a landmark building in the City of London.

•Learn more about the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK's largest sculpture located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

•Take an architectural tour of the magnificent St Pancras International station.

•Explore the historic and contemporary buildings of Kew Gardens and hear about the latest scientific projects.

•Visit the church and crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, and enjoy a bell ringing demonstration.

•Take a peak inside one of the new Crossrail stations, soon to open as the Elizabeth line.

•Step inside the Airbnb HQ and see its truly flexible workspace

Admission is free to all Open House events, but many venues and tours require advance bookings or entry into a public ballot.

Take a look at the website for the full 2016 programme of buildings and tours.

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