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London Open House Weekend

London Open House

London Open House is an annual event held in the 3rd weekend in September.

It’s a free festival of London’s architecture, engineering and urban landscape with over 800 buildings open to visit.

Many buildings are not usually open to the public, so it’s a rare chance to visit anything from a medieval hall to a modern skyscraper.

London Open House 2018 Dates

Open House is on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September 2018.

***The information below is for the 2017 Open House. The page will be updated when more details become available***

Visits and guided tours

Visit and/or take a behind the scenes guided tour of a wide range of buildings including:

  • Historic houses, livery halls and monuments
  • Government buildings, workspaces, schools & town halls
  • Private clubs, houses and institutions
  • Places of worship, cemeteries
  • Theatres, cinemas and arts centres
  • Windmills, pumping stations
  • Train stations, tunnels, cabbie’s shelters and much more

Walking tours

50 free guided walking tours showing architectural highlights and historical areas.

How to find out what’s open

Most places are open on a first come basis. Some have limited numbers and need advance booking.

To find what’s open:

Get a guide if you can. It’s more comprehensive than the online listings.

During the Open House weekend, the @openhouselondon twitter account usually posts updates on queue length for popular venues.


The following places are open to visit by entering a public ballot (closed):

  • 10 Downing St
  • BT Tower
  • The Shard

The ballots open on 17 August and close 11.59pm on 1 September 2017.

Free admission to attractions that normally charge an entrance fee

For fans of historic buildings and quirky museums, Open House weekend is a chance to save money on entrance fees.

The places listed below are open to the public and normally charge an entrance or tour fee. They are free to visit on the 16 or 17 September 2017.

Click on the titles for more info. View them all on a map.

Central London

Banqueting House

Inigo Jones building with painted ceiling by Rubens.
Normal admission: Adults £6.10
Address: Whitehall, SW1A 2ER
Open: Saturday/Sunday 10am–5pm
Tube: Charing Cross/Embankment/Westminster (zone 1)

Royal Albert Hall

Britain’s most famous concert hall.
Normal tour price:
Adult £13.75, child £6.75
Kensington Gore, SW7 2 AP
Open: Saturday 9.30am–3.30pm (self-guided tour)
Tube: High St Kensington/Knightsbridge (zone 1)

Bevis Marks Synagogue

The oldest synagogue in the UK and home of the Shephardi community since 1656.
Normal admission:
Adult £5, child £2.50
Address: Bevis Marks, EC3A 7LH
Open: Sunday 11am-2pm
Tube: Aldgate, Liverpool St (zone 1)

Benjamin Franklin House

Grade I listed Georgian house of Benjamin Franklin.
Normal admission: £8
Address: 36 Craven St, WC2 5NF
Open: Saturday/Sunday 10.30am–4pm (half-hourly tours)
Tube: Charing Cross (zone 1)

18 Stafford Terrace

Late-Victorian home of Punch cartoonist Linley Sambourne.
Normal admission: Adult £10, child £5
Address: 18 Stafford Terrace, W8 7BH
Open: Saturday/Sunday 3pm–6.30pm
Tube: High St Kensington (zone 1)

Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garrett

Britain’s only surviving 19th century operating theatre.
Normal admission: Adult £6.50, child £3.50
Address: 9a St Thomas St, SE1 9RY
Open: Sunday 10.30am–5pm
Tube: London Bridge (zone 1)

Dr Johnson’s House

300 year-old townhouse. Home of Samuel Johnson.
Normal admission: £6
Address: 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE
Open: Saturday/Sunday 10am-5pm
Tube: Chancery Lane, Blackfriars (zone 1)

The Temple Church

Round church founded by the Knights Templars.
Normal admission: Adults £5
Address: Temple, London EC4Y 7BB
Open: Sunday 1pm–4pm
Tube: Temple, Chancery Lane (zone 1)

Restored Almshouses at the Geffrye Museum

Restored 18th century almshouse.
Normal admission: Adults £4
Address: 136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA
Open: Saturday 10am–4.30pm
Tube: Liverpool St, Old St (zone 1)

West London

Emery Walker’s House

Home of Emery Walker with an Arts & Crafts interior.
Normal tour price: £11–£12.50
Address: 7 Hammersmith Terrace, London W6 9TS
Open: Sunday 2pm–5pm
Tube: Stamford Brook (zone 2)

Ham House and Gardens

Seventeenth century historic house and gardens
Normal admission: Adult £10.80, child £5.40
Address: Ham St, Ham, Richmond TW10 7RS
Open: Saturday 12pm–4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Gardens open 10am-5pm.
Tube: Richmond (zone 4)

Osterley Park & House

Georgian mansion designed by Robert Adam.
Normal admission: Adult £10.90, child £5.45
Address: Jersey Rd, Isleworth TW7 4RD
Open: Saturday/Sunday 11am–5pm
Tube: Osterley (zone 4)

Chiswick House

18th century neo-Palladium villa. One of the finest examples in the UK.
Normal admission: Adult £7.20, child £4.30
Address: Burlington Lane, Chiswick, W4 2RP
Open: Saturday 10am-6pm (tours 11am-3pm)/Sunday, tours 11am-3pm
Tube: Turnham Green (zone 2)
Train: Chiswick station (zone 3)

North London

Fenton House

Seventeenth century merchants house with walled garden.
Normal admission: Adult £7.70, child £3.80
Address: Hampstead Grove, London NW3 6SP
Open: Saturday/Sunday 11am–5pm
Tube: Hampstead (zone 2/3)

2 Willow Rd

Erno Goldfinger’s unique Modernist home and modern art collection.
Normal admission: Adult £6.50, child £3.25
Address: 2 Willow Rd, London NW3 1TH
Open: Saturday/Sunday 11am–5pm
Tube: Hampstead (zone 2/3)

South East London

Red House

Iconic home of William Morris.
Normal admission: Adult £7.70, child £3.80
Address: Red House Lane, Bexleyheath, DA6 8JF
Open: Saturday/Sunday 11am–5pm
Train: Bexleyheath (zone 5)

The Fan Museum

Museum of the history of fans and fan making
Normal admission: Adult £4, child £3
Address: 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER
Open: Saturday 10am–5pm
DLR/Train: Greenwich (zone 2/3)

Brunel Museum

Small museum near site of the world’s first underwater tunnel.
Normal admission: £6
Railway Avenue, London SE16 7AR
Open: Saturday/Sunday 10am–5pm
Train: Rotherhithe (London Overground – zone 2)
Tube: Canada Water or Bermondsey (zone 2)

Thames Barrier Information Centre

Films, working model and information on the barrier.
Normal admission: Adult £4, child £2.50
Address: 1 Unity Way, SE18 5NJ
Open: Saturday/Sunday 11am–3.30pm
Tube: North Greenwich (zone 2/3)/Charlton (zone 3), then bus 161,472, 177, 180

East London

Rainham Hall

Grade II* listed Georgian house and garden
Normal admission: £5
Address: The Broadway, Rainham RM13 9YN
Open: Saturday 11am-4pm
Train: Rainham station (zone 6)

Eastbury Manor House

Elizabethan Grade I listed manor house
Normal admission:
Adult £4, child £2
Address: Eastbury Square, Barking IG11 9SN
Open: Sunday 12pm-5pm

Map – Attractions offering free admission during London Open House 2017

Last updated: 5 September 2017