This weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014), the wonderful Open House London sees many fascinating buildings across London opening up their doors, allowing visitors a peek at spaces, areas and more that would normally be closed to the public.
Joining in, on Saturday 20th September, is St John’s Church in Notting Hill. From 12pm to 5pm, the Church will be welcoming visitors through its doors and opening up two spaces in the church that have never been made available to the public before.
The church’s organ recently underwent a complete restoration, and this Saturday visitors will be able to actually go inside the instrument and see all 2,398 pipes up close as well as taking a look all of the complex mechanisms inside…and hear it being played from the inside! The organ builder that worked on the job will be present to talk visitors through the organ and its restoration, as well as answering any questions visitors may have.
The disused church bell tower will also be opened up this Saturday, allowing visitors a chance to climb to the top and see the 150 year old bell and clock mechanism as well as taking in the wonderful panoramic views of West London. As the bell tower has been closed for a number of decades now, this is definitely a fantastic opportunity to visit a normally closed space as well as taking in a view of the local area that’s now rarely seen. The bell will also be tolled whilst visitors are in the belltower!
More details of St John’s Church participation in Open House London can be found here – www.stjohnsorganproject.com/open-house-london.html – including some ‘preview’ pictures of both the organ and the belltower.
Open House London at St John’s Church Notting Hill
12pm – 5pm, Saturday 20th September 2014
St John’s Church