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For those of us with green fingers or those with a love of outdoors, considering design, layout and purpose of their exterior space, whether it be a garden, land, balcony or courtyard, is just as important as indoor space design.
Explore our capital’s gardens over a weekend in June, to discover and learn ideas on horticulture, self sufficiency, garden design and making the most of whatever space you have. Spend the weekend in London’s ‘secret gardens’ that you might not ever get to see otherwise.
June 17 – 18
Time Out say: Discover London’s secret gardens over this weekend of viewings and openings. In 2017 more than 200 gardens will unlock their gates for a weekend to take part in this annual event, held in association with the National Trust. Spanning 27 boroughs, the gardens take in all sorts of spaces, from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafes. 138 of the gardens taking part this year are normally closed to the public. A range of walking and cycle tours, special garden tours, family activities, art trails and poetry events will be announced closer to the weekend.
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For two days a year in September, London opens up some of it’s best architectural secrets in the annual Open House London. For over 25 years we have had the privilege and excitement to be able to look inside, learn and appreciate the inner workings and designs of many of London’s greatest buildings that for the rest of the time remain a secret and closed to the public. It’s a pleasure and an eye opener to see inside, be educated and get a look behind closed doors of anything from disused theatres to historic homes to business hubs.
Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London’s splendid buildings to the general public who don’t otherwise have access. We saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.
Get a chance to see for yourself on September 17th & 18th 2016
From mid August the schedule will be available to view online of all open houses. A few locations are ballot ticketed and have already been allocated but the majority are open – no tickets required!
Previous year’s experiences include The Royal College of Physicians, Subterranean Light, the Fitzrovia Chapel and the Alexandra Palace abandoned theatre (now being brought back to life through grants)
This successful event has now spread to over 30 cities across the world offering the same unique experiences with their great architecture and hidden buildings.