Search

Take a look inside these 15 Bexley landmarks for free during Open House weekend

PUBLISHED: 14:49 29 August 2017

15 Bexley buildings will open their doors for free visits this weekend

15 Bexley buildings will open their doors for free visits this weekend

Archant

Some visits have to be pre-booked

The chance to look behind the doors of some of Bexley’s most historic and significant buildings is available this weekend, as part of the Open House event.

The scheme has been running for a quarter of a century and for the first time, every London borough is taking part.

That means free entry to some 800 of the city’s most compelling buildings during September 16 and 17.

In Bexley the Crossness Beam Engine House, Danson House, Erith Lighthouse, Red House, Thames Innovation Centre, The Sandford Dental Implant Clinic, Townley Grammar School, Erith Playhouse, Erith Yacht Club, and Lakeside Centre at Thamesmead are all taking part.

Other highlights this year include the recently revamped New Scotland Yard; London’s latest iconic tower, nicknamed ‘the vase’; 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.

Cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “Open House London is a brilliant platform for us to showcase some of the borough’s hidden gems.

“Bexley is bursting with historical and cultural sites; many of which are open all year round. During this event, residents and tourists alike will be able to give in to their curious side and have a poke around 15 of the borough’s best buildings absolutely free of charge. It’s another fantastic way to explore Bexley.”

Over the years, other parts of London have become favourites with visitors, like the BT Tower plus the Cheesegrater and Gherkin.

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.”

He said architectural nerds are also well-catered for with serious, thoughtful design including a 1930s house in Romford designed by Penguin Pool architect Berthold Lubektin, the controversial Maggie’s Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and a hipster housing block in Stoke Newington vying for the Stirling Prize.

It is claimed that with the free entry to some amazing buildings, Open House champions great architecture and the importance of the public realm.

Amazingly, the scheme has been going for so long that when it was launched 25 years ago, places like the Gherkin didn’t yet exist - now the London skyline has been transformed.

Last year, Open House saw more than a quarter of a million people visit at least one building each.

This year’s is also the last chance to visit Crossrail stations – on pre-booked tours – before they open to the public next year.

Latest Bexley news

Monday, September 24, 2018

The most popular names given to baby boys and girls last year in East London suggests that where you live could influence what name you choose for your child.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bexleyheath based big cat keeper and author, Martin Hill, has released another picture book about the relationship between three young big cats.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kent travel to Birmingham for their Specsavers County Championship Division Two title showdown with Warwickshire starting on Monday.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Kent’s Joe Denly and Rory Burns of Surrey earned earned their first Test call-ups for England’s forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka on Friday, but national selector Ed Smith insists there is no pressure to become “the new Alastair Cook”.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The 80-year-old, who has scored more than 300 games, earned praise from England cricketer Stuart Broad

Thursday, September 20, 2018

County Championship Division Two: Glamorgan (186 & 78) lost by an innings and 172 runs to Kent (436)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kent centurion Zak Crawley admitted it felt good to finally score his maiden century for the county on Wednesday.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bexley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24