LONDON, OPEN HOUSE 2016, WESTMINISTER

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So again, Open House London has arrived and this year I concentrated on Westminster. I again could only manage one day and I  originally picked the Saturday as train works meant I would have trouble getting home on the Sunday. And when the guide arrived in late August, I was surprised to see how much I wanted to see was only opened on the Sunday. I worked out that as I was exploring Westminster, I could only find four places to visit. So I went back to the guide and found eleven places that I hoped I could see. So a plan was hatched !

After our journey in, the first place we went to was The Freemasons Hall.

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Then we got on the tube to Charing Cross and walked down Whitehall and found ourselves at Admiralty House. We were not allowed to take any photos as soon as we walked in. So after we left, I crossed the road to take this.

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And on this side of Whitehall was Banqueting House. This place is open at normal times and costs £6 to enter. But it was Open House weekend and it was free and so beautiful inside.

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We then went to join the long queue at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, now this place was amazing. And I am going to write a complete post as there was so much to see. That will be next. But this photo is a sneak peek.

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We then went and found  The Supreme Court in Parliament Square. What surprised me about this was that there was only three courts. Not like what we had found at the Royal Courts Of Justice last year.

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We then found the HM Treasury which was very disappointing and bland. Not somewhere I would recommend to anyone wanting to do Open House.

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We then went to Two Temple Place, which host annual exhibitions, showcasing publicly-owned museum and art gallery collections from around the UK.

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I do like doing these free tours in London. I can not wait for next year !

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