Do you look at buildings and wonder what they look like inside? Just me? Well if you too love to look behind closed doors, London Open House 2017 is for you. Once a year places that are usually closed to the public open their doors for FREE. The teens are off on a Scout camp and so Mr CW and I meandered through Belgravia and St James, on the way we saw some pretty impressive stairways and doors.
Belgrave Square is surrounded by large white wedding cake houses. Number 1 is home to the Romanian Cultural Institute and this rather magnificent staircase.
Next door is the Argentine Embassy which is furnished much as I imagine it would have been when it was the town house of the Earl of Pembroke.
After gawping at the opulent interiors of Belgravia we headed over to St James to look around the Royal Overseas League buildings which overlook Green Park. This is the Crinoline Staircase, so called because the bannisters bow out to allow for the passage of voluminous skirts. Right at the top, a fearsome tiger’s head snarls down.
London Open House 2017 goes on until Sunday 17 September, if you are free and within reach of London, why not check out the website to see if there are any buildings that you fancy looking around. London Open House is an annual event you can see what we saw last year by clicking here.