Late Sep

Open House London

Free
Architecture

With more than 800 buildings usually closed to the public opened up for public viewing, Open House London claims to be the biggest architectural festival in the world. Be sure to check our complete guide for hot tips on our favourite entries for this year!

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 rquire pre-booking, so get on it if there are particular buildings you’re keen to visit. Highlights for 2019 include Erno Goldfinger’s brutalist Balfour Tower, a walking tour of the proposed Camden to King’s Cross High Line project. Fancy a peek behind doors of the Freemasons’ Hall? No secret handshake or robes required.

It’s a varied programme, not exlusively about beautiful builings, fancy residences and secret halls. If you’re interested in engineering, check out Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility to take a tour of one of Europe’s most advanced recycling facilities.

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