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17 September 2011

Visit Lloyd's of London with London Open House

Today marks the start of London Open House weekend, so your author thought it fitting to give space to one of the most popular buildings on the circuit, Lloyd's of London at One Lime Street.

Designed by Richard Rogers and completed in 1986, the building is one of the most celebrated of its kind in London and famously though the building is modern it contains older gems such as the 18th century Adam Room, which date from much earlier.

If you're serious about getting inside, however, you will have to get in the queue pretty early. Though 6,464 people got to visit during the 2010 Open House event, it is known for long queues, and those who want to get round a few places could probably use their time better heading for shorter queues.

One other nearby gem with shorter anticipated queues is 19 Princelet Street, which is open again this weekend, and where your author will be volunteering. However, for more on Lloyd's, visit http://www.londonopenhouse.org/public/london/find/detail.asp?loh_id=3729

^Picture © phogel used under Creative Commons^


  1. As a volunteer tomorrow at the Brunel Museum I jumped the queue at Lloyd's today; 3 hours' volunteering is worth it to be able to queue jump!

  2. Managed to visit Lloyd's on Saturday and queued for 25 minutes. Out of all the buildings I visited, it was by far the best experience - they gave out handouts in the queue to keep us occupied, a beautifully produced guide and an audio tour which you could download to your iPhone http://www.lloyds.com/Lloyds/About-us/Visiting-Lloyds/Open-House-2011/Audio-Guide

    Brilliant weekend. Looking forward to getting back in there next year.