Open-Door Private Members Club

Well, not quite, but it looks like one from the inside and the outside. The Two Temple Place neo-Gothic mansion is part of The Bulldog Trust and is open to public, showcasing museums and gallery collections from around the UK. It also hosts annual exhibitions and other cultural and philanthropic events. While visiting, check out its cafe’s additional seating room.

Private Public Garden

London is all about parks and gardens. Some gardens you can only get to if you have a key or pay a visit on an open-door day.  Yet there are some that are open to public but they are so tacked away that few know about them.  Such is the lovely garden in the Center for Reconciliation and Peace Center off Bishopsgate Street. It is behind St Ethelburga’s Church.

A rare example of a medieval City church, it survived through the Great Fire of London and the Blitz in WWII but was severely damaged by an IRA bomb in 1993. It has since re-opened as a center which builds bridges across divisions in culture and religion, bringing together people of various backgrounds. Come to take part in one of its many programs or simply to sit and reflect in its lovely garden or bedouin tent.