Open House London This Weekend
Take advantage of free public access to over 800 buildings
For the first time in its 25-year history, every London borough is participating in this year’s Open House, with free entry to more than 800 of the city’s most compelling buildings.
Highlights this year include the recently revamped New Scotland Yard; London’s latest iconic tower, nicknamed ‘the vase’; an urban farm in Waterloo; an exhibition by architect Norman Foster and the gargantuan Francis Crick Institute at King’s Cross.
Almost every building type is represented: government buildings, offices, places of
worship, military buildings, livery halls, industrial complexes. There’s even a yurt
Old favourites like the BT Tower and William Morris’s Red House are back in,
while City of London icons – the Cheesegrater and the Gherkin – are once again
free to enter.
Architectural nerds are well-catered for with serious, thoughtful design including a
1930s house in Romford designed by Penguin Pool architect Berthold Lubektin, the
controversial Maggie’s Centre at Bart’s and a hipster housing block in Stoke
Newington vying for the Stirling Prize.
Getting the public inside great buildings and visiting places that are well-designed
is the best way to do it,” says Open House Director Rory Olcayto.
This year’s Open House is also the last chance to visit Crossrail stations – on prebooked tours – before they open to the public next year.
Brentford participants in Open House include:
Boston Manor House - with tours at 12:30pm, 2pm and 3pm, and an exhition on future plans for Boston Manor House. Open Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm
Brentford Canal Toll House and Gauging Lock - open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
at St Mary's Convent - tours on Saturday, pre-booking required
With neighbouring participants:
Fuller's Griffin Brewery
Gunnersbury Park and Museum
Osterley Park House
Spring Grove Estate Walk
Spring Grove House
See Open House London for further details.
September 11, 2017