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Bromley's landmarks keep doors shut as council opts out of Open House weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:54 10 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:54 10 September 2013

The Churchill Theatre has been opened to the public in previous years.

The Churchill Theatre has been opened to the public in previous years.

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Residents will be denied the chance to explore some of the borough's oldest and most treasured landmarks next weekend after Bromley Council decided not to take part in Open House London.

Iconic structures such as the Bank of England, the Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral will all open their doors for a behind the scenes glimpse of the capital on September 21 and 22.

However, Bromley is one of four London boroughs not taking part in the scheme for the first time this year, alongside Barnet, Kingston-upon-Thames and Harrow.

The council say the £5,000 cost of the weekend event is a “significant sum” at a time when spending is being assessed “very carefully”.

Buildings including The Churchill Theatre, in Bromley High Street, Camden Place, in Camden Park Road, Chislehurst and Biggin Hill Airfield will all keep their doors closed.

A council spokesman said: “The Council has always assessed spending very carefully, especially during these difficult financial times when hard decisions must be taken.

“Many of the buildings included on the Open House scheme are available to view year round including the Bromley Museum in Orpington, which is well worth a visit.”

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