Expert advice Take part in an organised Urban Ex event
One of the most popular ways to get a taste of urban exploration without flying close to the law or risking your safety is to join an organised visit to a place that’s usually closed off to the public. Local councils, museums, societies and architects regularly run ‘Hidden Space’ events in many of the UK’S major cities. In the capital, the London Transport Museum plans trips to deserted tube stations, bomb shelters and offices (www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/hidden-london), while Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces project (www.hidden-spaces.co.uk) has previously arranged visits to closed cinemas, swimming pools and even banks. Many of these experiences are planned with photographers in mind.