General Information

The Open House London event is organised by Open-City. It is fully inclusive and admission is free for all Open House London events each September. You will need to find out which buildings are opening / walks and talks planned in order to plan your visits. Get hold of a copy of the printed programme (available in August each year) or check out the website search facility which will go live in early August 2016 (date tbc). Along with a brief description and the name of the architect, each building’s entry in the Guide or in the website search facility will contain its address, opening days and hours, access to visitors, pre-booking details where relevant, amenities and transport.

Q: What will I find when I get to the buildings?
A: At many of the 750+ sites, there will be someone to show you around and answer your questions. These are the Open House guides and stewards, and there are thousands of them – some professional, some amateur enthusiast, all volunteering their time and knowledge. In recognition of their role their badge enables them to gain priority access to buildings apart from those that are pre-booking only.

Q. Will I get to meet any of the architects?
A. Look out for the entries coded as having architects on site; it means that architects will be giving talks and tours of some of the buildings they’ve designed. Sometimes you will also find the practice director on site. Also, some of their studios/offices will be open, so that you can see the projects they’re working on. Don’t forget to look out for the factsheets too which will be available at most buildings.

Q. Do I need to book?
A. Entry to a few of the properties will require you to book in advance. Where this is through the building contact details are given. Bookings administered by Open House are indicated. For bookings through Open House you will need to access our search pages from early August although prior registration may be required and further details will be provided later in 2013. Spaces are limited and are on a strictly first come, first served basis. Open House regrets that we cannot guarantee availability of places. As places on these tours are restricted please ensure that you attend. Open House is unable to take bookings by phone.

Q. What about late additions and withdrawals?
A. The Stop Press is produced mid September each year to provide a comprehensive list of amendments, additions and withdrawals to the participating buildings (you will need to check the Open House London homepage). The web listings will also be kept up to date withthis information.

Q. What are the terms of entry?
A. Open House London is a free event in which all sections of the community are invited to participate. Please note that each building’s opening, security arrangements and refusal of entry are controlled by individual owners, and entry to each building is on terms and at times specified, over 17 & 18 September 2016. Participation in events and activities is at your own risk. Information in the guide and on the web listings is provided by contributors. Open House has taken all reasonable care to verify the information provided and cannot accept responsibility for any variation from the details published here. Please do respect building owners and their privacy, and be mindful of photo-taking.

Disclaimer: Neither Open House nor the leader or organiser of any event, activity or walk advertised in the guide or on the Open House website nor any other programme listing, print or electronic, shall be held liable for the death or injury, accident or damage to the person or property (including theft or loss) of any event participant or any guest or any person occurring during or arising from participation in any of the events advertised in the Open House London programme.

Please also refer to our privacy notice

Q. Can you tell me about access for visitors with disabilities?
A. The Guide will be available in large print format by emailing

Q. Where else in the world can I find Open House events?
A. Open House cities also now include New York, Dublin and Galway, Barcelona and Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

For the full list of Open House Worldwide members visit the dedicated website

open house worldwide

Open House London is London’s independent contribution to the European Heritage Days initiative which takes place across 48 countries. For details of events across the UK in September for Heritage Open Days visit

Q. How can I get my building or event involved in Open House?
A. The majority of the programme is compiled with our own research, and sometimes suggestions for inclusion are made to us which we are then able to consider on their individual merits. The criteria for inclusion in the Open House event are architectural merit, and buildings/areas of buildings that are not usually accessible to the general public. If you are a building owner or organisation representative, or an architect with a project you would like to showcase, please click here for more information on participating in the event.

Q. How can I get involved as a volunteer?
A. The Open House event requires stewards and guides to help at participating buildings, and in return volunteers receive a badge that lets them jump queues at buildings. To register you interest and to receive more information please send an email to stating your name, email address and telephone number.

The dates for Open House London 2016 are 17 & 18 September
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