Islington’s Open House highlights

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Some of Islington’s best-loved, best-known and unusual buildings are offering tours and a chance to see rarely accessible corners and hidden spaces for Open House London on Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17.

Across London more than 800 buildings are opening their doors for the weekend, which attracts more than 250,000 visitors every year. Islington has more than its fair share of fantastic and interesting places to visit.

Highlights include:

Union Chapel – Grade I listed church in Upper Street that was built in 1799. It is still a working church, as well as an award-winning music venue and home to The Margins Project for people who are homeless and in crisis.  Historian-led tours Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.

Bunhill Heat and Power Energy Centre – pioneering energy scheme launched by Islington Council in 2012, which provides cheaper, greener energy to more than 850 homes, a swimming pool and leisure centre. Regular tours on Saturday 10am-5pm.

Moreland Primary School – one of London’s newest schools, built for 420 pupils, with a 56-place nursery and children’s centre. Includes recreation and training facilities and designed to meet the needs of the local community.  Architect-led tours Saturday 10am-4pm.

Ironmonger Row Baths – historic 1931 building, built in 1931 as a wash house for the people of Finsbury, with Turkish Baths added in 1938. Major refurbishment, which kept many original features, completed in 2012. Open Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm.

The Charterhouse (Chapel and Museum only) – one of Islington’s most historic buildings, the Charterhouse was founded as a monastery in 1371 and later became a Tudor mansion where Elizabeth I and James I both spent time. In 1611 it became a school (now moved to Surrey).  Charterhouse remains an almshouse to this day.  Open Sunday 2pm-5pm.

Some Open House tours including Caledonian Park Clock Tower are already fully booked but there will be more tours of the clock tower soon.  Keep an eye on the clock tower webpage for more info.

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