Open House London

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This hugely popular, capital-wide annual festival of architecture celebrates its twenty-third anniversary in 2015 and takes place over the weekend of September 19 and 20. 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 highlights here, and plan ahead to visit quirky venues such as the BedZED eco-village and London icons including Walthamstow stadium and the BT Tower. 

Of the more than 800 venues involved, the vast majority 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

To plan your itinerary in advance: pre-order a printed copy of the programme online until August 11 (normally £8.50; Time Out readers can claim a five percent discount until August 25 with the code LONDON); go online and browse the festival website ( when it goes live on Friday August 14; or download the Open House app (69p now; £2.99 from September 2), which makes it easy to put together your own personal itinerary.

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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.