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For two days a year in September, London opens up some of it’s best architectural secrets in the annual… 255 more words


Abandoned Palaces and Brick Subways - Crystal Palace Subway

Last September, as part of Open House London, a wonderful piece of London’s history was opened to the public – an abandoned Victorian subway that served as part of Crystal Palace (High Level) railway station in the area of South East London which is now commonly known as Crystal Palace. 472 more words


An evening visiting Segal self-build houses in Walter's Way

Gadzooks, it was eight years ago that I reported on the pleasure of finding a self-build house in Lightwater, built to the Walter Segal Method… 253 more words


Charlton House: A Jacobean treasure in south-east London

While London today spreads across 40 square miles, it’s easy to forget many parts of the capital were countryside until the past few centuries. Today, many palatial ‘country’ estates and palaces exist within the London borders, such as Strawberry Hill House and… 751 more words


A 13th Century Theory of Everything - Podcast

As devoted readers of the blog will recall, Brian and Giles gave a public lecture in September 2015 at the Royal Society, as part of Open House London. 46 more words

Ordered Universe

'Roman' bath at The Strand: What the Dickens is the history behind this old watering hole?

Down a small side street near the Aldwych campus of King’s College is an extraordinary piece of hidden London. Known as the ‘Roman’ Bath on Strand Lane, the building is rarely open to the public. 969 more words


Open House: Tottenham

I came across Open House London while flicking through TimeOut magazine one Tuesday morning. I excitedly read about all the great London buildings that open up their doors to the public for one weekend only for free; 10 Downing Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Royal Banqueting House and all number of historic and modern landmarks.   1,146 more words

Growing Up