Southwark’s landmarks open their doors

News Desk (10 September, 2015)

Get behind the scenes of the borough's most iconic buildings.

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Some of the borough’s most iconic landmarks will be opening its doors as part of Open House London next weekend.

The annual free event, taking place on September 19 and 20, allows residents to venture behind the scenes of the interesting buildings that make up Southwark’s urban landscape.

News channel Al Jazeera will be offering tours of its swish headquarters on the sixteenth floor of the Shard, while curious politicos can also wander around City Hall.

If you fancy getting your hands dirty you can visit ‘Grow Elephant’, a “mobile community garden” that is now located on the New Kent Road. There are also opportunities to go on a guided walk of the Bankside Urban Forest.

Want something a little more gothic? Descend into the murky underground chambers at the Brunel Museum or wander around the overgrown Nunhead Cemetery.

There are also opportunities to see how the borough is changing with a guided tour of redevelopment site at London Bridge. You can also stroll along the disused train track being touted as the location for community-funded ‘Peckham Coal Walk’.

There are a whole host of other interesting sites to explore in the borough, but be warned – the most popular locations will sell out fast. Visit :

www.openhouselondon.org.uk for more information or to reserve free tickets.

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