This year is the 30th birthday of the Open House Festival. With more than 800 buildings usually closed to the public opened up for public viewing, most for the first time in two years, Open House London claims to be the biggest architectural festival in the world. It’s a festival that celebrates our curiosity for what happens inside the buildings that we walk past every day and their architectural history.
Each year, over a quarter of a million people take advantage of the festival to glimpse London’s hidden treasures, take tours, and listen to talks throughout the city. Lots of spaces require pre-booking, so get on it if there are particular buildings you’re keen to visit.
Don’t worry if you’ve not managed to bag a ticket though, there are plenty of drop-in venues, walks and tours you can just turn up to. How about a wander through London’s only commercial-scale vineyard, experiencing life on a narrowboat or admiring the imagination of Heath Robinson at a purpose-built museum? Check out the full listings on their website for more details.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.