The Open House London event this year is on September 21 and 22 and at many of the 750 sites, there will be someone to show you around and answer your questions.
These are the Open House guides and stewards, and there are thousands of them – some professional, some amateur enthusiast, all volunteering their time and knowledge. In recognition of their role their badge enables them to gain priority access to buildings apart from those that are pre-booking only.
It might be one of the smaller London boroughs, but Islington has more than its fair share of interesting buildings. With a strong heritage of Georgian and Victorian architecture the borough has almost 4,000 listed buildings and 39 conservation areas.
Islington also boasts some fascinating examples of modern architecture – such as the Kings Place waterside development, known for its theatrical curved-glass façade. Other buildings participating in Open House this year include the Almeida theatre, the Union Chapel and the Art Nouveau-style Finsbury Town Hall.
As the borough with the densest population in the capital, the pressures on space are significant yet there are some new and exciting developments taking place here.
Last year two hectares of run down and under-used land at City Road Basin near Old Street, were transformed into a fantastic new outdoor square and landscaped park. It became the first new public space to be created in London for years. The opening of the public space was the first major step in a wider plan for the City Road Basin, which will see new affordable housing and office space built on the site.
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“This is a great event for Islington to show off its superb architecture,” says Alina Banionyte, lettings manager at the Islington branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “Islington is a very sought after area from both tenants and landlords and property is always in demand.”