Arriving at London Paddington by train, visitors are often struck by the industrial beauty of one of London’s most familiar but often overlooked landmarks, Battersea Power Station.
But what if I told you there was an opportunity to explore this famous site – and many more besides – during a weekend trip to the city?
The good news is that now you can, with Open House London just days away and promising to provide visitors with the keys to the architectural heart of the capital.
Running over the course of Saturday and Sunday (September 21st and 22nd), this is a unique opportunity to explore over 700 different London-based structures as part of a two-day celebration of the city’s various familiar and not-so-familiar landmark buildings.
It could be one of the last opportunities to see Battersea Power Station in all of its glory, for instance, with the area set to undergo major change as part of redevelopment plans that will see 3,500 new homes and additional green space generated in the area.
Among the other highlights on offer is the familiar structure of 30 St Mary Axe, better known to Londoners – and The Apprentice fans – as the Gherkin.
Open House London will also provide an opportunity for organisers to showcase the many regeneration projects currently taking place across the country.
These include initiatives in the lower Lea Valley and the all-too-familiar site of the Olympic Park, where Team GB enjoyed notable success just over a year ago.
In addition to the many stunning structures at hand, the event will also provide a chance for enthusiasts to meet architects and experts with a passion for forward-thinking building initiatives, many of whom will provide talks and advice across the weekend.
It all makes for the ideal excuse to book a return trip to the capital for a weekend that could feed the mind, body and soul via the many exhibitions on offer, and a stay in one of the many luxury London hotels found around the city.