Open House London weekend allows the public to visit over 700 buildings, many which do not allow public access for the rest of the year. The ever popular scheme began in 1992 when Open House became a small, not-for-profit organisation created to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London’s buildings to the general public who don’t otherwise have access. Open House saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.
This year’s theme is ‘Equitable City’ – all of London’s citizens have a stake in the design and maintenance of their built environment. With this in mind Open House want equitability to be placed at the heart of London’s future development.
The Open House concept has become so successful it has spread to 30 cities worldwide. These are New York, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Helsinki, Melbourne, Galway, Barcelona, Slovenia, Chicago, Rome, Lisbon, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Thessaloniki, Limerick, Buenos Aires, Gdansk-Sopot-Gdynia, Athens, Vienna, Vilnius, Monterrey, Cork, Belfast, Prague, Porto, with Madrid, Milan, Venice and Oslo joining soon.
There are a number of high-profile buildings in the Open House weekend such as 10 Downing Street, 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Admiralty House, Apothecaries’ Hall, Bank of England and Banqueting House but these usually require booking in advance.
For others it is just a case of turning up at the allotted time on a first come, first served basis. The Buildings cover a wide range of establishments including Art Studio, Cemetery, Cinema, Embassy/High Comm, Entertainment, Gallery, Government, Historical House, Hotel, Industrial, Library, Livery Halls, Museums, Religious, Theatre and much more.
If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the Open House website here
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