Ah London! Many architecture lovers have been acquainted with your Victorian façades, your glass towers, your domes and your arches, your green parks and your bridges. Many curious souls have gazed upon your eclectic beauty but only a few have seen what you’ve got to offer from within.
This weekend was Open House London – a fantastic event giving you the chance to explore hundreds of buildings for free. The so called “capital’s largest annual architecture and design festival” is more than an urban exhibition, it is an opportunity to see into some of London’s most secretive buildings, usually closed to the public.
Okay, secretive might be a bit of a dramatisation but if you think about it, isn’t building a fancy tower then denying public access to it a little cruel? Doesn’t the unknown pique your curiosity? Have you ever wondered what it must be like inside the Gherkin?
For those of you who don’t live in London, those who missed the event or those who decided against the 4 hour-long queue to visit the Gherkin (I know, a screw might be lose somewhere in my head), here are some photos of the buildings we managed to get into. This includes 30 St Mary Axe (or The Gherkin), the Broadgate Tower, City Hall and the National Theatre.
Click on all to enlarge.