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London Open House Weekend and Thames Festival!

By London Expert: Gavin, United Kingdom, September 2011

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Do you like looking around places usually closed to the public? Well London is the place for you on the 17th and 18th September as we enjoy the annual Open House Weekend.

From government offices like the ornate Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to financial institutions such as Lloyds of London, the doors are open to welcome you in. There are surprises too – architects’ studios, eco-buildings, even ordinary people’s extraordinary homes. Over 700 buildings open to the public for one weekend and it is all free!

It is worth planning your day in advance and be aware that some of the most popular places to visit will have long queues, so get there early. Even queuing up gives you a chance to chat to others who may do this every year so can give you some tips.

The weekend before London celebrates the 15th Mayor’s Thames Festival. This spectacular event show cases London’s multi-cultural heritage.

There will be free music, story-telling, art installations, food tastings and craft stalls. We have even been promised a giant shipwreck will be installed outside City Hall! It all culminates on Sunday 11th September with a Night Carnival procession and fireworks finale from barges placed between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.

September is a great time to visit this amazing city and experience free events with Londoners!

-Gavin Webb

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