Get the keys to Fisher’s Folly and No 10 with Open House

Croydon, quite rightly, is taking its place alongside the majority of the capital’s boroughs, throwing open the doors of a number of public buildings for Open House London weekend on September 20-21, a free event which enables people to take a look behind the scenes of often cherished national assets, from 10 Downing Street to “The Office” of Croydon’s very own David Brent.

Open HouseMost events are first-come-first-served, but some are available only to those who book in advance through a ballot, which is now open.

In 2012, we broke the news that, like a churlish, spoilt child having a tantrum, Croydon Council had withdrawn from the Open House London weekend.

As we reported at the time, it was “another spectacular own-goal” by our council and “short-sighted”, and all just to “save” the £4,000 subscription fee.

That now seems to be regarded as the aberration it clearly was.

Open House London 2014 offers the public access to a range of buildings, houses and gardens, including 10 Downing Street (tough to get in for this one, though if Inside Croydon’s loyal reader gets picked on the ballot, we’d be delighted to hear from them), as well as the new Cheesegrater building in The City, Marlborough House, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office among around 800 buildings around the capital.

Croydon CEO Nathan Elvery: you might get to see where he acts out The Office

Croydon CEO Nathan Elvery: you might get to see where he acts out The Office

Croydon’s contribution is a mere 11 buildings and events, possibly a disappointment in quantity, but they do include historic Airport House, Old Palace School, and the Almshouses.

Also, you get the chance for a public tour of Fisher’s Folly, the council offices for which we are all having to pay £220 million:

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