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In the run-up to London Open House weekend 2003 (20 & 21 September), where the metropolis became a living architectural exhibition, Night Waves commissioned three writers to take sneak previews of their favourite venues. Architectural historian Jo Carr took a tour around 'Sunshine House' in Romford, Sukhdev Sandhu visited the magnificent Durbar Court at the Foreign Office, and Clive Bloom went to see the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell Green.

Architectural historian Jo Carr takes a tour around Berthold Lubetkin's luminous modernist villa in Romford, 'Sunshine House'

Sukhdev Sandhu, whose book 'London Calling' told a history of London through Black and Asian eyes, visits the magnificent Durbar Court in the heart of Whitehall and the offices around it from which India was once governed.

[Durbar Court in the Foreign Office, London. Photo courtesy of the PSA photographic Unit]
Clive Bloom, whose book 'Violent London'charted the hidden places and secret history of riots and treason, goes where Lenin was a guest before him; to the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell Green

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