Take a look at these 10 Bromley landmarks this weekend with Open House London
PUBLISHED: 09:23 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:23 14 September 2017
The event offers free entry to 800 of London’s most interesting buildings
A chance to visit a host of the borough’s most fascinating buildings occurs this weekend as Open House London returns.
The scheme has been running for a quarter of a century and for the first time, every London borough is taking part.
And that means free entry to some 800 of the capital’s most compelling buildings over September 16-17.
In Bromley, there will be the chance to visit the Bethlem Royal Hospital, Bromley Parish Church, Bromley and Sheppard’s College, Crystal Palace Subway, Orpington Priory, St Nicholas Church, Chislehurst, The Odeon, and The Old Palace, both in Beckenham, Bromley Civic Centre or take a self-guided walk around the architecture of Chislehurst.
Open House director Rory Olcayto said: “We want Londoners to speak as confidently about their built environment as they do about books, music and art. Getting the public inside great buildings and visiting places that are well-designed is the best way to do it.”
Elsewhere in the capital, highlights include the recently revamped New Scotland Yard, an urban farm in Waterloo, an exhibition by architect Norman Foster and the Francis Crick Institute at King’s Cross.
The organisers said just about every building type is represented, including those used by government, offices, places of worship, military, livery halls, industrial complexes, and even a yurt and a medieval barn.
Over the years, other parts of London have become favourites with visitors, like the BT Tower plus the Cheesegrater and Gherkin. This year an extra 150 buildings have been included.
It is hoped that with the free entry, Open House champions great architecture and the importance of the public realm.
And it has certainly become increasingly popular.
Last year more than a quarter of a million people visited at least one building each over the weekend.
And this year, Open House has launched a free app for the first time, for both Android and Apple, where users can view buildings nearby, save favourites to plan their weekend, and filter results by day, architectural type and period.