Tuesday, September 26, 2006

London Open House weekend - 16 September 2006

Marlborough HouseThe annual London open weekend this year enjoyed beautiful late summer sunshine.

This year's first visit was to Marlborough House to see the Commonwealth Secretariat. We were able to imagine our representative sitting there behind the NZ flag. Next was a look inside the Treasury, two floors above us was Gordon Brown's office. This elegant building, Georgian on the outside, had been totally remodeled inside. Inside the Treasury

We also visited the Banqueting Hall to admire the beautiful Reuben's ceiling.

Banqueting Hall ceiling

After that we sauntered along the Thames enjoying the various artists participating in the London Festival on the way to our final buildings. Window in the Apocatheries' HallFor us no open weekend would be complete without visiting a livery company and true to form we saw three over the weekend. The Vinters’ Hall and Apocatheries’ Hall both have very handsome buildings that date back to the Great Fire of London. As a contrast the Haberdashers’ building was only opened in 2002: their previous building being one of the casualties of the Second World War.

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