Open House London (weekend of 18 – 19 Sept)

BT-Tower--open-houseOpen House London, the capital’s greatest architectural showcase, will take place on 18 & 19 September 2010.

The initiative is a simple but powerful concept: hundreds of great buildings of all types and periods open up their doors to all, completely for FREE. It is a truly city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where we live, work and play, and is your opportunity to get out and get under the skin of London’s amazing architecture.

bt open houseFind out more about issues that are relevant to your local area – from the design of homes to the impact of climate change, and the role of architects and contemporary design in revitalising places. There are over 700 buildings, neighbourhood walks, architects’ talks, cycle tours and more all over London to choose from…from major landmarks such as BT Tower, to small private homes and everything in between.

Get your Guide for the full list, or check on this website. You can browse the pages within this website for highlights and recommendations of what to see and do.

The essential Guide for 2010 is available NOW! Order it here – orders placed over this weekend will be dispatched on Monday.

What’s happening for families?
All sorts of events are taking place throughout the weekend. Use the ‘children’s activities’ criteria in the search pages for what’s happeningincluding model-making at Jestico + Whiles, and workshops at Trinity Buoy Wharf, plus the following highlights:

City of a Thousand Architects: Eco London – for families (kids aged 5-10)

  • Sat/Sun 11.30am-2.30pm
  • City Hall (top floor), The Queens Walk, SE1 2AA
  • Get creative with your kids to re-imagine
  • London in a fun drop-in session creating architectural structures and designs for an alternative eco London.

Amazing Architecture Treasure Trail – for families (kids aged 7-11)

  • Various locations around London – details will be posted here so keep checking
  • Order your free map to explore London’s amazing architecture with your kids or to find out where to collect from locations around London. Help your youngsters follow the treasure trail to find hidden architectural gems, funky facts and complete astonishing activities! Order for free from the end of August on our shop page

Archikids Club

  • Be an Architective!
  • Are you aged between 7 and 12?
  • Do you like exploring architecture and the city?
  • Then you need to join the ArchiKids Club!
  • Kids who want to explore the world of architecture year-round need to join the Archikids Club! ArchiKids Club is a brand new virtual club. It’s online, interactive and full of activities to help explore the world of architecture. Visit for more details or to sign up

To find out more about Open House London, and also to find buildings to see:

Some of the buildings you can see are:

  • Brent: Zog House
  • Bromley: The Odeon, Beckenham
  • Camden: BT Tower (by email ballot only)
  • Camden: Centre Point
  • Camden: Gray’s Inn
  • Camden: Royal Asiatic Society
  • Camden: The Coach House
  • City of London: Masonic Temple, Andaz London (former Great Eastern Hotel)
  • City of London: Tower 42
  • Hackney: Stoke Newington Town Hall
  • Hackney: The Holly Estate, including Queensbridge Quarter
  • Harrow: Sweetmans Hall
  • Havering: The Round House
  • Hillingdon: Ickenham Manor
  • Islington: Transforming urban space in Hoxton and Old Street
  • Kensington and Chelsea: Kensington Palace
  • Kensington and Chelsea: Trellick Tower
  • Kensington and Chelsea: Transformation of Exhibition Road
  • Lambeth: The Merlin Entertainments London Eye
  • Newham: Olympic Park Viewing Gallery at Holden Point
  • Richmond: Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Kew: Jodrell Laboratory
  • Southwark: Landscape Institute London Walks
  • Tower Hamlets: Metropolitan Works
  • Tower Hamlets: Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Wandsworth: National Tennis Centre
  • Wandsworth: Opera Extension
  • Westminster: 55 Broadway (London Underground Head Office)
  • Westminster: Arts Council England National Office
  • Westminster: Benjamin Franklin House
  • Westminster: Royal Academy of Music
  • Westminster: Royal Astronomical Society
  • Westminster: St Marylebone CE School Performing Arts Centre
  • Westminster: The Royal Society