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Her Majesty's Treasury is the UK's economics and finance ministry, the government department led by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Treasury's Grade II* listed building was completed in 1917, a baroque-inspired Whitehall pile that is especially splendid when viewed through the leafy branches of St James's Park.

For Open House London 2014, HM Treasury will be open on Saturday September 20 and Sunday September 21, 9am-5pm (last entry 4pm). Visitors will be able to access areas including the reception, the auditorium and the inner courtyard garden.


Venue name: HM Treasury
Address: HM Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road
Transport: Tube: Westminster
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Quite literally across the road from The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (although the entrance is around the corner on Horse Guards Road), the Treasury sadly doesn’t match the grandeur and elegance of Bojo’s office. But what it lacks in splendour doesn't mean you should ignore the treasury. After all, it’s one of the most important building in the British government and the place that, together with the Bank of England, pulls the strings the purse strings on the British Economy.

Contrary to the FCO, the Treasury is quite modern with state of the art theatres and white, sterile walls. If you visit, I’m sure you’ll enjoy The Grand Court the most just like I did. It’s vast and resplendent with intricate designs from an era I can never identify. Georgian perhaps?

In truth, it’s just a nice modern office with a touch of history here and there. It pains me to say it but there’s isn’t really much inside the Treasury besides the impressive courtyard.

The Treasury is open only twice a year as part of the annual Open House London event. If you’re in the area to see the FCO, you may as well also check out the Treasury. After all, you don’t get my opportunities too and there’s no queue whatsoever.