Open House London 2019 - Exploring Old Oak and Park Royal

Open House is a celebration of London’s buildings, places and spaces, the event gives a unique opportunity to explore and learn about the city’s most compelling architecture and design over one weekend - 21-22 September 2019.

For the second year OPDC are partnering with Open City to celebrate what makes Old Oak and Park Royal a ‘Great Place, In the Making’ by uncovering, connecting and showcasing its unique culture, creativity and heritage


Explore your creativity in west London, ARTification and OPDC have created a range of free activities for 21 and 22 September 2019 centred around three hubs and on the Grand Union Canal. Take part in a range of hands-on activities exploring Park Royal’s architecture, culture and heritage. 

Activities are for all ages. 


Old Oak Community and Children's Centre 

76 Braybrook Street, W12 0AP

Saturday 21 September
11am – 4pm

Drop in family workshops

Big Park Royal: Playful, interactive and BIG art installation that celebrates the neighbourhood – the old and the new.


The Collective 

Nash House, Old Oak Lane, NW10 6FF

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September
11am – 4pm

Building Blocks: Constructing visual spaces by sharing your ideas about the social and spatial world. 


 Ace Cafe

Ace Corner, North Circular Road, NW10 7UD

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September
11am – 4pm

Bauhaus to Bikers and beyond: The Ace cafe with its unique social and cultural heritage will host activities that reference Bauhaus to Bikers and beyond.


Grand Union Canal

Towpath, off Barretts Green Road, NW10 7AE

Canoeing with The Sharks: Learn the basics of canoeing on the beautiful Grand Union Canal.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September

10am-11am, 11am-11.45am, 1pm – 1.45pm, 2pm – 2.45pm, 3 – 3.45pm 

Canoe race - 10am – 11am

Ages 7-16

No experience necessary. Places for each session are limited. Please wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet (no denim). Registration is strongly recommended. You can register on Eventbrite here.

Walking Tours

A range of walks of the area taking place during the weekend.

Departing from The Collective, Nash House, Old Oak Lane, NW10 6FF

  • A Taste of Park Royal, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, 10am – 12pm 

Discover the culinary delights of Park Royal with local history enthusiast Joanna Dudzinska. This tour will showcase the diverse range of food and drink on offer in London’s largest industrial park, including delights from the Space Shack and Kamil bakery. Please note that this tour will include visits to sites offering alcohol, and thus is not suitable for those under the age of 18 – please notify us of any food allergies email Sid Patrick.

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  • Carpet & Cakes, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, 2pm – 4pm 

Join local history enthusiast Joanna Dudzinska as we explore several of Park Royal’s iconic businesses: this will include a variety of bakeries based in the Acton business Centre, alongside the famous oriental carpet centre on Chandos Rd.  

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  • Ways of Living, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, 2pm – 4pm 

Back by popular demand, local resident Maggie Evans will lead a guided tour of the lesser known residential pockets of London’s largest industrial area: this includes The Collective, a co-living space by the Grand Union Canal, and the Wesley Estate, a network of Edwardian streets built by a local stationary entrepreneur.

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Departing from the Hanger Lane Station, Hanger Hill, W5 1DL

  • Art Deco Stations, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, 11am – 12.20pm

Join London Blue Badge guide Joy Lavene for an immersive tour of the Art Deco tube stations of Park Royal. Attendees are asked to arrive via the Central line and meet on the platform at Hanger Lane, where they will learn about the history and design of the buildings inspired by famed underground architect Charles Holden; the walk will finish at Park Royal station (for Piccadilly line and other bus routes). Please note that this tour is not suitable for those with mobility constraints. 

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Departing from the Anglican Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, NW10 5NU

  • Kensal Green Cemetery, Saturday 21, 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm

Join the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery for a tour of one of England’s oldest burial grounds.  The 72-acre site is inspired by the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and built in a neo classical style, being notable for its array of extravagant tombs and mausoleums. Attendees are asked to meet at the Anglican Chapel in the centre of the cemetery, accessed via the Harrow Rd entrance (adjacent to Kensal Green Station). 

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Visit these buildings for free during Open House.


ArtWest Open Studios

17-19 Hythe Road, NW10 6RT 

Saturday and Sunday, 1pm - 6pm

An Edwardian light industrial brick building, formerly used for making metal casement windows. Currently it has 16 studios on the first floor with Danny Lane's famous glass sculpture-making studio on the ground floor.


Preedy Glass

Stanley Works, 7B Coronation Road, NW10 7PQ

Saturday 8am - 5pm + Managing Director-led factory tour, hourly (8am - 4pm, max 30). Last entry Saturday 4pm

An industrial building originally built for maintaining railways with a modern rear extension now housing a modern glass processing company 


The Playhouse at Gypsy Corner

26-29 Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Road, W3 6UU

Saturday 10am - 2:30pm, Staff-led talk and demonstration every 90 mins (max 16) 

Recreating the themes and magic of theatre, this themed working environment draws inspiration from Frank Matcham's work and our desire to create an imaginative space in which to work and collaborate with our customers and colleagues. Fred Foster 2006.


Old Torpedo Factory

St Leonards Road, NW10 6ST

Saturday 9am - 4pm

A prominent local landmark building. Believed to have been a soap factor originally and was linked to its neighbouring properties. Named by the present owners after its role as a torpedo manufacturing site in WWII. 


John Lewis and Partners

Unit 4 Rainsford Road, NW10 7FW

Saturday 10am - 3pm, Site Manager led tour (max 20, under 12s must be accompanied by an adult). Pre-book only: See Open House website for details

Modern multi-purpose John Lewis Customer Delivery Hub (CDH). Facilitates two-man delivery in London. On site studio.


Ace Cafe London

Ace Corner, North Circular Road, NW10 7UD

Saturday 8am - 11pm, last entry 10:15pm. Sunday 8am - 10:30pm, last entry 9:45pm

Established in 1993, Ace Cafe London has become 'the home' for petrolheads and is known as the world's most famous motor cafe, based on a shared passion for the rich traditions of motorcycles, cars and rock 'n' roll.


Wormwood Scrubs, The Chapel of Saint Francis

HMP & YOI WormWood Scrubs, Du Cane Road, W12 0AE

Saturday tour at 11:30 (max 20, meet in Koestler building, duration 2.5 hours) Pre book only

Victorian-built Category B adult male prison. Completed by prison labour in 1891, it is the finest prison chapel in England, an architectural jewel which demonstrates the wealth of talent available in prisons.


Park Royal Fire Station

Waxlow Road, NW10 7NU

Saturday 11am - 3pm (max 10) + Hourly tour. Last entry 2:30pm.

Built in 1953 to the 'Middlesex' design, Park Royal Fire Station is a two storey fire station with truck bays that can accommodate two fire appliances. It has a four-storey drill tower in the yard and backs onto the Grand Union Canal. 


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