PHOTOS: London is Hosting an Open House for 700 Buildings

Over 700 buildings, including private homes, in London, England are opening their doors to the public this coming weekend, September 21 and 22. The annual event allows visitors a peek into spectacular pieces of architecture, with some being otherwise inaccessible during the year.

The Open House London Guide provides comprehensive details for the entire list of buildings, expert-led walks, tours, family friendly activities and special events including architectural info and opening days and times. All of the events, tours, visits and activities are free.

We can’t show you all 700 locations in this space but here is a peek at some of the buildings featured as part of the tour:

Battersea Power Station 

This will be the last chance to view the power station before it goes under renovations. (VisitLondon)

Don’t be shy … you know you want to see the inside of a power plant. (VisitLondon)

Tour of Private Home

(Open House London)

Check out the ins and outs of architects’ homes. (Open House London)

The Gherkin

The Gherkin

The actual name for this building is 30 St. Mary Axe. (WM)

Lee Tunnel & Beckton Sludge

(Visit London)

This won’t flood with sludge while we’re inside, right? (Visit London)

Expert-led Walking Tour

Like your mum always says, "Where comfortable shoes." (Open House London)

Like your mum always says, “Where comfortable shoes.” (Open House London)

Middle Temple Hall 

Umm, might we run into Harry Potter here? (Visit London)

Umm, might we run into Harry Potter here? (Visit London)

London Canal Museum 

Lyndall Phelps installation at London Canal Musuem. Artist Lyndall Phelps' sparkling artwork made from nearly a mile of brass rods and thousands of glass beads and diamantes, inspired by particle detectors and commissioned by the Institute of Physics, installed in a rare subterranean Victorian ice well, at the London Canal Museum near King's Cross. Picture date: Wednesday August 21, 2013. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire URN:17375035 (AP)

This stunning art installation is housed inside a Victorian ice well at the museum. (AP)

Ham House and Cherry Garden

(NT)

“Ham” is such a short name for such an impressive structure. (NT)

 (NT)

This gives “taking a stroll” in the garden an entirely new meaning. (NT)

Benjamin Franklin House

1757-1775 (BFH)

Dr. Benjamin Franklin lived here for nearly 16 years, during 1757-1775 (BFH)

Of course, it may be too short of notice for you to hop on a transatlantic flight and make your way to Heathrow; now you know about it, and can pencil it in for next year. If you’re in the area, hope you can swing by and take advantage of the fun behind these closed doors.

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