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Open House London 2016: book now to look around some amazing buildings

James Manning

Architecture nerds, assemble: Open House London have just revealed the full line-up of buildings that’ll be open to the public on September 16 and 17. If you haven’t been before, Open House is a free festival of architecture that throws open doors across the city every September, giving us a glimpse inside incredible places that we’d normally never get to see: houses, skyscrapers, embassies, factories, schools, guildhalls, places of worship, even government offices. And this year more than 200 new buildings have joined the programme.

Take a look inside Alexandra Palace’s secret basement, Transport for London’s old art deco HQ at 55 Broadway, the Victorian subway at Crystal Palace, a panelled Georgian townhouse in Soho, and Joseph Bazalgette’s ‘cathedral of sewage’: Abbey Mills Pumping Station. Because entry is free, it’s also a chance to dodge entry fees for places like Inigo Jones’s baroque Banqueting House on Whitehall. You can even see some secret bits of major London landmarks. This year’s ballots for the Shard, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and 10 Downing Street are open today. Time for a serious butcher’s.

Check out the full list of buildings for Open House London 2016, or read our Open House London guide.

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