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 Friday, September 18, 2015

Ten Open House specials (Saturday)
Royal Courts of Justice (10am-3pm) (so much to see - go once!)
Royal Albert Hall (10am-3pm) (self-guided tours inside the iconic concert rotunda)
Alexandra Road (10am-5pm) (Modernist flat-viewing, and a Tenants Hall tour)
City Hall (9am-6pm) (the only day of the year Boris lets you see round London HQ)
Portcullis House (10am-5pm) (see Parliament's new-ish offices and committee rooms)
Brent Civic Centre (10am-5pm) (architect-led tours of Wembley's new council megahub)
Walthamstow Stadium (10am-5pm) (see what a mess the developers have made... or not)
Bushy House (10am-5pm) (Stuart house, now part of the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington)
William Booth College (9am-5pm) (the Sally Army in Denmark Hill, and great views from the tower)
Modernism in Metroland (10am & 2pm) (guided tours round Stanmore to see suburban art deco treasures)

Ten Open House specials (Saturday and Sunday)
Hanwell Flight of Locks (1-4pm) (hourly walks up a canal treasure)
Argentine Ambassador's Residence (12-5pm) (sumptuous Belgravia mansion)
Peckham Coal Line (Sat pm, Sun pm) (London's answer to New York's High Line?)
The Mobile Museum (from 10am) (Barking & Dagenham art project at Valence House)
Cressingham Gardens (10am-5pm) (tours of cheery lowrise under-threat council estate)
Chrisp Street Market (10am-5pm) (climb the Festival of Britain clocktower, a rare treat)
Finsbury Health Centre (10am-5pm) (pioneering progressive Modernist community facility)
Stratford Picture House (1am-5pm) (hourly tours of pre-Westfield contemporary multiplex)
Pennington Street Warehouses (Sat am, Sun pm) (19C brick vaults near Fortress Wapping)
Inner & Middle Temple (10am-5pm) (tons of historic legal things to see on a very rare Open Weekend)

Ten Open House specials (Sunday)
One Bishop Square (10am-5pm) (pop up a Foster Partners City office block)
Gala Bingo Hall (9.30-11.30am) (the first Grade I listed cinema, in Tooting)
Charlton House (10am-4pm) (self-guided tours of London's finest Jacobean mansion)
Harefield Hospital (10am-5pm) (hourly tours of the famous site, in its centenary year)
30 St Mary Axe (8am-5pm) (the queues'll be manic, but the top of the Gherkin is amazing)
Regent Street Cinema (10am-1pm) (site of the UK's first film screning, recently restored)
Langtons House (10am-5pm) (there's a Grade I listed neo-Georgian mansion in Hornchurch!)
Charterhouse Chapel (2-5pm) (former monastery with royal connections off Charterhouse Square)
World's End Estate Walk (2.30pm and 4.30pm) (Chelsea residential fortress tour - recommended)
Hampstead Garden Suburb Artisans' Quarter Walk (2pm & 4.30pm) (20C neighbourhood tour)

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