A fantastic day enjoying London Open House

Last weekend was the London Open House 2016 edition. This is a super exciting event in the capital where you get a chance to access buildings that are not generally opened to the public. The list of venues is incredible and somehow sometimes a bit overwhelming but worth spending a bit of time reviewing it.

Views of the City of London

If you love London this is just a fabulous opportunity: Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London’s splendid buildings to the general public who don’t otherwise have access.’.  Since I also started my photography qualification level 2 I knew this would be great material for some practice on our latest assignment. The event always seem to happen mid September and it’s worth reading a few articles in the newspaper or blogs or recommendations online as there are certain places more interesting than others. I based my circuit on the recommendations of a photographer I really like called Michael ‘LondonviewPoint’ and who is a fabulous skyline photographer (check him out here on Instagram, he is ace!).

I started off by the London Bridge area and my first visit was to London City Hall. It’s a pretty cool building to spot as such when you arrive by the Thames!

London City Hall

And surrounded by pretty interesting offices.

One London Bridge

And obviously the sight of the beautiful Tower bridge is the icing on the cake!

Tower Bridge

But the views from the City Hall terrace are totally breathtaking, even on a grim day!

Views from London City HallViews from London City HallLong distance views of Canary Wharf

And as you go down, more exciting sights await and especially the magnificent and really cool staircase!London City Hall staircase

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Thanks to fellow photography enthusiast Adrian for this shot of myself in action

Window frames at London City Hall

As you can imagine, I wasn’t the only photographer interested by the place!!;-)

Going round in circlesOld sailing boats on the Thames RiverStunning staircase at London City HallImpressive staircase at London City HallCity Hall staircase in B&W

After this brilliant start of my day, I made my way via Tower Bridge to Tower Hill to head to Blackfriars.

Views of the Shard from Tower BridgeBride and groom on Tower Bridge

In Blackfriars, I visited the really interestingly designed Unilever House. Sadly the rooftop was not opened on this occasion.

Unilever House inside architectureContemporary architecture at Unilever House

I visited then the Supreme Court of Justice of the UK by Westminster. For the ex law student that I was this was a pretty interesting viewing.

Library at the Supreme Court of JusticeStaircase at the Supreme Court of the UKThe Supreme Court of the UK

By that point, my back was starting to ache pretty bad from carrying my tripod and all my photo gear but I made a final stop to visit Portcullis House which is part of the Parliamentary estate and provides office for 213 Members of Parliament and Staff as the House of Parliament is just too small for everyone. The place designed by Hopkins Architect but particularly the main atrium is a really beautiful room bursting with light and green plants which makes it really pleasant.

Glass Roof at Portcullis HousePosing at Portcullis HouseImpressive glass roof at Portcullis House

I made my way home by braving the crowds of tourists around Westminster. I headed home half broken but totally inspired and excited by the beautiful buildings I visited. I will definitely be back next year and this is really an event I could see me taking the kids too.

Don’t miss the London Open House weekend 2017 edition!

See you all next year!

All Photos taken by myself with my Canon 7D mark II.

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