Open House London

Things to do , Festivals Various Venues , London Saturday September 17 2016 - Sunday September 18 2016 Free
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This hugely popular, capital-wide annual festival of architecture celebrates its twenty-fourth anniversary in 2016 and takes place over the weekend of September 17 and 18. The festival allows access to hundreds of buildings not normally open to the public – private homes, government buildings, historic sites, educational establishments and many others. See our Open House 2015 highlights here

Tis year the festival has added more than 200 new London venues including the Brutalist Salters' Hall next to the Barbican and Brentford's 'floating high street'. Old favourites Tower 42 and the Gherkin are back on this year's programme.

Most will be open to all on a walk-up basis, but around ten per cent will require advance booking; for details of how to book see the Open House London website

Venue name: Various Venues

Price: Free
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We went for the first time this year, 2015. It was very enjoyable.

We downloaded the app and planned our day. Definitely leave more time for each house than you expect. I loved how the people showing off their houses are so proud of them and their history!

Our favourite building of the day was the Argentine Ambassadors residence. The Argentine Ambassador was at the door and greeted us on the way in! They even had an artist in residence painting the historic links between Argentina and the UK.

A great experience and a great day.



This is my favourite event of the year.  London somehow feels different on these weekends - foreign tourists are outnumbered by excited, curious Londoners - and what a great vibe it creates!  One of my favourite places is Custom House - we had a very interesting talk on the building itself,  heard the stories of attempted smuggling and saw the many and various (some eye-popping!) confiscated goods.  Bank of England tour also extremely interesting..  So many places of interest to choose from, t's difficult to prioritise.  Can't wait for next weekend! 


I was not sure how was the open house London 2013, i will definitely visit some places after reading this thanks. Very interesting.


I really like having the offers on this page! And I enjoy visiting new places and doing lots of things in London! Thank you!

Ask Nils

Agood mix of seldom visited buildibgs. superb alternativ to traditional sightseeing.


Sounds great! I'm so curious what can be found behind the scenes! :)

Cagla Gurbay

A full of exiting activities just for two days. Big opportunity for Londeners, looking forward to it.