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Take a sneak peek at some of Croydon’s architectural gems

18th September 2019
  • Bernard Weatherill House
The doors of some of Croydon’s most iconic buildings will open to the public for free this weekend as Open House London returns.

From the world’s oldest air traffic control tower to Fairfield Halls, which reopened this week following a multi-million-pound council-led restoration, 13 buildings are open for residents to enjoy.

Airport House, in Purley Way, is open on both Saturday and Sunday, along with the Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin in Addington Village and the council-owned developer Brick by Brick’s offices in George Street.

Croydon Council’s offices at Bernard Weatherill House are open on Saturday, as is Croydon Town Hall and Clocktower, and Thornton Heath Library.

Shirley Windmill is also participating over the weekend, along with the Whitgift Almshouses in North End.

Tours of the newly-renovated Fairfield Halls are already fully booked. However there are free activities across the weekend at Fairfield Halls, including Anatomy of the Orchestra with the Paraorchestra.

Across the capital, more than 800 buildings will be taking part in the festival of architecture and heritage.

Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “Open House London is a great opportunity for Croydon to showcase the wonderful architecture it has.

“This weekend offers something for everyone. It also provides another opportunity for residents to get inside the jewel of our cultural crown, Fairfield Halls, for some free entertainment following our heritage-led restoration of the venue.

“Come and see these buildings that help make our borough so special and the best thing is, it’s all free.”

Access to the buildings and walks is free. Some are open on a first-come first-served basis, but others require pre-booking. For more information, opening times and a full list of buildings open during the weekend, visit Croydon’s page on the Open House London website.

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