First held in 1992, Open House London is an annual event during which you can visit buildings of architectural significance, many of which are usually closed to the public. Generally held over the third weekend of September, the event is an extraordinary opportunity to peek behind the curtains of some of the capital’s most famous residences and workplaces, including 10 Downing Street and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Entry to all of the buildings is free, although admission to some of the more popular buildings must be booked in advance, while others require you to be accompanied by a guide. At some locations, you may even get to meet the architects of the city’s architectural masterpieces.
Open House London takes place all across the capital with buildings from every London borough opening their doors for the weekend. If you’d like to visit some of the more popular buildings, you’ll have to book and for 10 Downing Street, there is a public ballot for entry - you can find out more information on this here. For all other buildings, you can simply access the list of participating buildings here and attend on the relevant day and during the specified opening hours.
One of the great aspects of Open House London is that you often get the opportunity to meet the architects of the city’s great buildings, whether they are the original creators of London’s modern masterpieces or renovators of the capital’s ancient houses. You can search the online programme for details of which buildings will have the architect present - normally a total of around 1,600. In some cases, the architects will give tours themselves and, if you make it known that you’re an architecture fan, you may even get the chance to take a look at some of the architect’s current projects.
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While you’re in the big city, why not check out some of the other amazing sights on offer? Take a cruise down the River Thames and hop on and off as you pass some of the city’s most historic monuments. Soak up some art at some of the world’s most well-stocked galleries, such as the British Museum, the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery.
To find out more information about the Open House weekend, please have a look at the official website where you’ll be able to find out how to make bookings for the 2018 event, how to participate in the ballot, how to get the guide for the buildings as well as general information about Open House London 2018.
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