City prepares for Open London 2012 this weekend

12:33 19 September 2012

The Gherkin will be open to the public for the event this weekend - Pic by Grant Smith

The Gherkin will be open to the public for the event this weekend - Pic by Grant Smith

©VIEW Pictures

More than 750 buildings in the capital are preparing to open their doors for an architectural weekend.

Emirates cable carsEmirates cable cars

Open House London 2012, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, will include London landmarks like the Gherkin, Heron Tower and Emirates Airline cable car as well as hundreds of private homes and studios.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, set up to celebrate the spaces in which we live.

Open City director Victoria Thornton said she was very excited about the 48-hour showcase.

She added: “Open House is a unique annual event, offering people across London the chance to explore and learn about the changing face of the capital’s architecture.”

Haggerston Estate, pic by Rowan GriffithsHaggerston Estate, pic by Rowan Griffiths

It emerged today that Croydon is the only London borough not to take part in the event, saying the £4,000 cost was “not a priority”.

Open House organisers said they have received a number of calls from disappointed residents, but a council spokesman said most attractions were open anyway.

Across the city more than 100 private homes and housing developments will be open to the public, as will a number of embassies. A moonlit walk on Friday (September 21) has also been organised to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

For more information visit www.londonopenhouse.org.

Latest Stories

18:10
The needle was found in a packet of Aldi button mushrooms

Aldi supermarket appears to have stitched itself up after a customer found a sewing needle lodged in the side of a button mushroom.

Read more
The Mayor of London said that three 23-year-old water cannon had arrived in the UK from germany and were being refurbished at a secret location (Picture via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has confirmed that the crowd control water cannon he has bought for the Met have been shipped to the UK and are being prepared for use.

Read more
Kella lured his victim to the flat of a known drug user in the Little Venice area before tying him up and attacking him with a dumbbell and a knife  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A man has been jailed after he kidnapped, tortured and threatened to kill a man he believed owed him money.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

You could be the lucky winner of a brand new shiny iPad Air!

London24 has teamed up with leading online electrical retailer Ebuyer to give you the chance to win a sleek 16GB Apple iPad Air!

Always wanted to create your own beer? Perfect Pint are giving you the chance.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

The Week subscription offer

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Quizzes

Take our quiz and see how much you know about the Wimbledon Tennis Championships (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Do you know SW19 like the back of your hand? From Henman Hill to Centre Court, Fred Perry to Andy Murray? Well then you should ace our Wimbledon quiz:

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more
World Cup countries quiz

It's about time you refreshed your brains about the countries competing in Brazil.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
Instead of actually going to a park, take our quiz about them... (Picture: Warrick Page/Getty Images)

Think-Kew have got what it takes?

Read more