Hidden Brent buildings open their doors to the public this weekend

12:22 14 September 2016

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden


Londoners can visit some of Brent’s most unsual buildings, many of which are not usually open to the general public as part of the annual Open House London event.

First traditional Hindu Mandir outside India. 2,000 tonnes of Italian marble and 2,828 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone first shipped to India to be shaped by 1,500 craftsmen.First traditional Hindu Mandir outside India. 2,000 tonnes of Italian marble and 2,828 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone first shipped to India to be shaped by 1,500 craftsmen.

Participating homes, offices and public buildings will open their doors to visitors for the weekend, with many offering guided tours to the architecture and interiors.

Highlights in Brent include Winston Churchill’s WW2 underground bunker in Neasden, where the wartime Prime Minister held meetings with his cabinet in a reinforced citadel 40ft below ground; the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple, which opened in Neasden in 1995 and was built with 5,000 tons of marble and Bulgarian limestone hand-carved in India and assembled in London; and Kilburn’s Tin Tabernacle, an 1860s corrugated iron chapel, used today by the Sea Cadets who have given the building a naval makeover.

Locals may also enjoy a tour of the Wembley Park masterplan site, where one of the largest scale regeneration projects in the country is currently underway.

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