Walking or cycling between buildings on Open House weekend is the perfect way to stay healthy, see some great architecture and help to make a greener, cleaner, well-designed city.
Last year we again worked with Transport for London's Legible London initiative to bring you some very handy mapguides to central London areas.
In some places you can step from one building straight to another. Burlington House, Broadgate Estates and the Olympic Park were all vibrant hubs of activity in 2014.
Burlington House has been a cultural campus for arts and sciences since 1874. The original Palladian mansion was home to the Earls of Burlington, but was later entrusted to the care of six organisations concerned with the artistic, historic, natural and scientific cultural environments. Today the 18th-century mansion is the Royal Academy of Arts; the 19th-century additions around the courtyard are home to the Geological Society of London, Linnean Society of London, Royal Astronomical Society, Society of Antiquaries of London and Royal Society of Chemistry.
The cultural intersection of these organisations is illustrated by the fountains in the central courtyard, which depict the pattern of the planets in relation to the stars at the birth of Sir Joshua Reynolds (first president of the Royal Academy), whose statue faces the grand entrance to Burlington House. Open House visitors may spend Saturday exploring Burlington House to learn about the building’s architecture and each of the six unique organisations in residence there.
Broadgate Estates - get behind the scenes at Broadgate this year with an exciting trail. Pick up a guide to Broadgate's architecture and see an interactive model of the campus in the Broadgate Welcome Centre. Visitors were able to tour Exchange Square and lucky pre-bookers had an exclusive opportunity of a talk from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the famous Broadgate Tower. www.broadgate.co.uk
The Olympic Park was a hive of activity with walks being led by Dr Phil Askew, project sponsor parklands and public realm and a cycle tour led by the Institution of Civil Engineers. Visitors can also see further beyond the Olympic Park with walks being led by Ralph Ward of London Urban Visits