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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 to visit. Open House describe it as the world’s biggest architecture festival.

Most 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 Weekend 2019 Dates

Open House is on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September 2019.

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

77 free guided walking tours showing architectural highlights and historical areas. Some require pre-booking.

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 website.

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

Pleae note: The information below relates to Open House 2018. Info for Open House 2019 will be updated in August 2019

Open House ballots & pre-booking

The following places are open to visit by entering a public ballot. The ballot closes at 11.59pm on 12 September 2018

Some buildings are only available to visit if you pre-book.

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 22 or 23 September 2018.

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–1.30pm (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 10am-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 2pm–5.30pm
Tube: High St Kensington (zone 1)

Leighton House Museum

Normal admission: Adult £9, child (12-17) £7
Address: 12 Holland Park Rd, W14 8LZ
Open: Saturday 22nd 10am-5.30pm
Tube: High St Kensington (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-6pm
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–5pm
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 11am–4pm
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
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 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/Sunday 10am-5pm
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 11am–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 10am-4.30pm/Sunday 9am–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 11am-4pm

Map – Attractions offering free admission during London Open House 2018

Last updated: 30 November 2018