Too Much To See


The London Design Festival starts today and is happening all over town, with hundreds of events taking place throughout the city – but it’s also London Fashion Week, with, you guessed it, hundreds of events, and on top of that it’s Open House Weekend, when some of the city’s most private buildings throw open their doors to the public.

Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Every September, it gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free.

Don’t try to see the art deco interior of the ex-Daily Express building – those timed slots went ages ago, as they always do. But you can see Billingsgate’s Roman House and Baths, windmills, lighthouses, the ancient Drapers’ Hall, secret woodlands, theatres, Victorian warehouses and modern glass buildings.

It’s also BAFTA season, and tonight Gary Oldman is doing a Q&A about ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’. The problem with all of this is I need to go shopping and do boring stuff this weekend, so I’ll probably end up getting to none of it.

When it’s on your doorstep, you don’t bother, do you?

4 comments on “Too Much To See”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    British industry?
    There are half a dozen things this weekend here, too, and no, I won’t get to them. Best way is to have visitors who *must* see, whatever and then you go as well.

  2. Gretta says:

    On the World Service’s FB page they were saying that Bush House was part of this Open House thingy. And then said it would be for the last time because they were all being shifted out next year. The Beeb’s been there since 1940. 🙁

  3. Steve says:

    When we lived in Red Lion Square, I didn’t get to the British Museum for a month. And then, only twice in 8 months. When we lived in Keystone South Dakota, I didn’t get to Mount Rushmore for a year. And it was a five minute walk from our house.
    No, when you live there, you really don’t.

  4. Alan Morgan says:

    I live in Cumbria and scarce see a lake. When I stayed in Bath I did not have a towel. And when we first moved up here to Cockermouth, well, we’d just had a baby – so… no chance.

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