Travel Agenda: Open House London; International Film Festival; Singapore Airlines


Today: Take a peek behind ordinarily closed doors around London. As part of Open House London, over 700 buildings – from homes and hotels to Hindu temples – will allow visitors a rare opportunity to visit off-limits areas this weekend. The free event also includes talks and walks (
openhouse.org.uk ).

This week: Attentions turn to the silver screen in Rio de Janeiro this Thursday. The International Film Festival will screen a diverse selection of hundreds of films from around the globe – last year honoured British film-making – until 8 October (festivaldorio.com.br). Meanwhile in Scotland, the Autumn Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival gets underway on Friday. Running until 28 September, its programme features a host of tastings, distillery visits and parties ( spiritofspeyside.com ).

In the diary: Singapore Airlines is to start operating Airbus A380 planes on its route between Singapore and Melbourne from 29 September. Passengers are already able to fly on the world's largest passenger aircraft on the London-Singapore leg (singaporeair.com). And on Manda in Kenya's Lamu Archipelago, the Majlis Hotel is set to open on 1 October ( themajlisresorts.com ).

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