Open House London weekend in Hackney - What's coming up today....
By Sophie_RT | Sunday, September 18, 2011, 04:18
If you had a big Saturday night and don't fancy heading too far afield this morning then you'll be pleased to here that there's loads of stuff happening for Open House London in Hackney today. Across London this weekend notable buildings are being opened to the public, with tours of iconic or innovative sites around town. To get your juices flowing, here are our top ten offerings in around the borough today...
Hackney Empire (10am - noon)
A symbol of Hackney's rich cultural history, this restored Grade II theatre on Mare Street will be inviting groups of up to twenty to tour the venue this morning before performances start.
Arcola Theatre (1pm - 5pm)
From old school to progressive, The Arcola is the borough's most modern theatre building, which has recently moved site to a greener premises. Visits will be taking place this afternoon with talks and displays on sustainability and new technology.
Dalston Regeneration Walk (1pm-5pm)
If you're more interested in what's going on around the Arcola than inside, then this is the one for you. Exploring the heavy regeneration in Dalston that's been going on for the last few years and plans in the run up to the 2012 Olympics. Walks begin outside Dalston CLR James Library and go hourly with up ten people per group.
Stoke Newington Town Hall (10-4)
You can either turn up here today for general access to the unique interior, carefully refurbished to Deco style last year; or you can try and get in on an architectural tour (11am, 1pm, 3pm) which you can book through the Open House website. The building is known for its camouflage exterior, left over from war and for its stunning new decor inside.
Growing Communities' Eco Classroom (10am-5pm)
A new addition to Allens Gardens off Manor Road (where I had my first kiss, now I think of it...), the classroom is made of wood, with a green roof, water harvesting, composting toilet and warcell insulation all plonked inside an organic garden with a pond and a wildlife area. A must for anyone into sustainable living, eating and architecture.
For more events on, and further information check out Open House London's website. And if you think there are any buildings missing from their list of gems in Stokey then let us know in the box below...