Open House Weekend: what's on?

Sneak a peek behind the closed doors of some of London’s most famous buildings this September

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The annual Open House weekend, which takes place on Saturday September 20 and Sunday September 21 2014, gives Londoners the chance to explore behind the closed doors of some of the capital's biggest, most renowned and most secret venues for free.Visit: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/extension/

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40a Dawlish Avenue

This award-winning, sustainable private house was designed by its architect-owners Lacey and Saltykov in 2012. There will be regular tours for Open House London 2014.

  1. 40a Dawlish Avenue, SW18 4RW
  2. Saturday, 10am-5pm.
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264 Westbourne Park Road

The building consists of two independent houses with their own entrances, placed on top of each other. Architects Studio Bednarski drew on the composition of the adjacent Victorian houses to create its contemporary design. Six visitors at a time will be given a tour of the property. Visitors will be asked to remove their shoes and may have to queue outside.

  1. 264 Westbourne Park Road, W11 1EJ
  2. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-12pm and 3pm-5pm.
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Chobham Academy

Used during the 2012 Olympic Games as both a gym and a security hub, this drum-shaped building opened as a school for children aged three to 18 in 2013. Three more connected buildings, plus ponds, catwalks, land undulations and sculptural seats surround the central structure. The architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, also designed a weathering steel bridge to connect the Academy to the neighbourhoods and playing fields on the other side of Temple Mill Lane. Architect-led tours will take place at 10am and noon.

  1. 40 Cheering Lane, Stratford, E20 1BD
  2. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-1pm.
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House For A Painter

This twentieth-century workhouse laundry building has been converted by Price & Gore Architects into a studio and residence for an artist and his family.

  1. 7 The Old Laundry, Haydon Way, SW11 1YF
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JW3

This award-winning Jewish arts community and cultural centre was designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands architects to host activities including dance, cinema, theatre, art and dining. During Open House London 2014, there will be tours every 30 minutes, and the building will stay open to visitors until 10pm. Visitors will also be able to access a nursery and roof garden usually closed to the public.

  1. Jewish Community Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
  2. Sunday, 10am-6pm.
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Rambert

Allies and Morrison are the architects behind Rambert's award-winning new home. Positioned on London's South Bank, the building houses studios, changing rooms and offices on the upper floors with an archive and public reading room below. During Open House London 2014, there will be hourly tours of the building. Last entry will be at 4pm and tour groups will be limited to 15 people at a time.

  1. 99 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP
  2. Saturday, hourly tours until 4pm.
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10 comments
Murray F
Murray F

The pinterest link doesn't work, can you correct it?

Hitesh J
Hitesh J

BAPS Neasden, London Mandir - A truly inspiring and beautiful Mandir. Mandir is the name of a Hindu place of worship and prayer. It is composed of two words ‘Man’ (meaning Mind) and ‘Dir’( meaning Still) and thus it is a place where one experiences peace from worldly problems and the Soul becomes one with God.

It is a place of great calm and serenity where people of all ages and walks of life came together to pray and volunteer their services. The Sadhus (Monks) are very knowledgeable and helpful and the volunteers are ever smiling and attentive.

A wonderful place to visit and reflect.

Kaloyan
Kaloyan

Go only if you're ready to wait 2-3 hours in a queue. I won't even bother to check next time.

Didier
Didier

went to battersea today, they closed 1 hour before...so I went to the shard afterwards, they're not part of the Open House since you pay to get in. Nice

Phil
Phil

You forgot the Bank of England is also having an open day this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, from 9.30am to 4pm.

AME
AME

What is the building in the picture?

sandra
sandra

Also, looking forward to seeing the Stairway to Heaven Memorial and hearing about the Bethnal Green tube shelter disaster - the worst civilian disaster of the 2nd World War which has largely been kept secret ever since. It's next door to Bethnal Green underground station and part of the Open House weekend.

Michael
Michael

Can't see the Union Chapel, Highbury & Islington, on your list. Have I missed it? or is it not available?

Chirag L
Chirag L

@AME its swaminarayan hindu temple ,really good place to visit and where you can get peace of mind