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Islington Open House: Get a glimpse behind borough’s closed doors during nosy parkers’ annual weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:34 16 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 16 September 2017

Charterhouse is one of 33 buildings involved in Open House weekend. Queen Elizabeth is pictured on a visit in February. Picture: Chris Jackson/PA

Charterhouse is one of 33 buildings involved in Open House weekend. Queen Elizabeth is pictured on a visit in February. Picture: Chris Jackson/PA

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Some of Islington’s most fascinating buildings are open to the public for free tours this weekend.

Union Chapel is one of 33 buildings involved in Open House weekend. Picture: Daniela SbrisnyUnion Chapel is one of 33 buildings involved in Open House weekend. Picture: Daniela Sbrisny

It is part of the annual Open House event, which celebrates London’s architecture.

In all, there are 33 sites available for touring on Saturday and Sunday – and not all of them are necessarily relics of Islington’s past.

For example, one of the tours is at the Crossrail construction site at Farringdon station, ahead of its opening next year.

On the opposite end of the historical scale is Charterhouse, a few minutes’ walk away from the station. Described as the “Hogwarts of Clerkenwell”, it was built 660 years ago and only opened to the public for the first time in February.

In the north of the borough, notable tours include Union Chapel, Islington Town Hall, Newington Green Primary School and former W. Plumb Victorian butchers shop in Hornsey 
Road.

For a full list of tour times and buildings, visit openhouselondon.org.uk.


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