5 Instagram Worthy Private Buildings In London You Can Exclusively Visit Next Week

Open Day in London is a weekend dedicated to making the artform of architecture accessible to everyone, by allowing public access to spectacular buildings that are normally closed off. This year it takes place from 21st-22nd September, so we’ve rounded up our five favourite spots that are definitely worth a visit. Everyone will be asking about these locations when you upload your beautiful snaps on Instagram…

1. Crystal Palace Subway


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Crystal Palace originally opened in 1865 but was destroyed by a fire later on. It is now a reminder of the great Victorian structure and will spark you with its cool geometric brickwork.

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm

2. Masonic Temple, Andaz Liverpool Street


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The Masonic Temple’s secret winding staircase gives us Harry Potter feels which is already reason enough to go check it out. But it gets even better: the interiors are made of twelve types of Italian marble and rich mahogany and the venue doubles up as a cinema…

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm)

3. Red House


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Red house was created by artist William Morris and is the perfect destination for anyone interested in the Arts and Crafts movement. Heading there feels like stepping back in time and the idyllic gardens are definitely worth exploring too…

Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm)

4. Foreign and Commonwealth Office


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Just imagine a snap of you against this beautiful backdrop… Who would’ve known that the Victorian government offices could make you Instagram-famous?

Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm).

5. Leighton House Museum


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This house was designed in the 1860s and its breathtaking Arab Hall features the most beautiful decorative tiling and even a fountain in the middle of the room. Do we need to say more?

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm)