Kingston is taking part in Open House London for the first time in its 25 year history.

Open House is a two-day event that promotes architecture appreciation and gives the public the chance to explore the inside of exceptional buildings usually hidden from view.

On the weekend of September 16 and 17, residents will get the chance to venture into Clover House on Kingston Hill, Dorich Museum in Kingston Vale and Fredrick W Payne, the longest operating funeral directors in the borough with a Grade II listed interior.

Free tours will detail the rich history or significance of each of these hidden gems.

Councillor Andy Johnson Creek, cabinet member with responsibility for growth and identity said: “We want Kingston to be named the first London Borough of Culture and it’s fantastic events like this which set us apart.

“We’ve all walked past buildings in the borough and wondered about its history and what it looks like inside.

“Now is our chance to take a look.

“I do hope as many people as possible explore our truly remarkable buildings in Kingston during this exciting fortnight of culture.”

Also included are Chestnut Road, Guildhall and History Centre, Hillcroft College, Ivy Conduit, Kingston Ancient Market Place, Kingston Museum and Light play.

A guided tour of Surbiton will begin at Surbiton train station at Sunday at 2.30.