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 Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sorry, I did go on a bit about Open House this year. The event is like Architectural Christmas for those of us who love London but, all the same, five days of reporting back might be too much. What most people want to read isn't reports of what they could have seen but didn't, but previews of stuff they could still enjoy. I'd hope that my enthusiasm might make you more likely to take up the Open House gauntlet next year, but that's 360 days away and you'll most likely have forgotten by then. So instead let me nudge you towards two events you might enjoy this weekend, so you can't complain afterwards that you didn't know.

» Ramblers and strollers should take up the challenge of Walk London's Autumn Ambles, with 40 free guided walks taking place across the weekend. Most are short and central, but some are proper outer London adventures. The really keen amongst you might like to attempt the 21½ mile Green Chain Megawalk on Saturday.
» The last tube train to Ongar ran 20 years ago on 30th September 1994. To celebrate, the Essex Ongar Railway are running that very same three-car train along the very same line tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday as part of their End of Tube event. North Weald and Ongar stations will be decked out with roundels, and the Underground's managing director will be at Ongar on Friday to unveil a commemorative 0.0km sign. Throw in TfL's pet steam engine Met 1, and (on Sunday only) a shedload of vintage buses, and I suspect that some of my railway-oriented readers might have a jolly good time. (Central line to Epping, £15 ticket, heritage bus to North Weald)

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