A panoramic view of the spiral ramp, going down to the map room
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London Open House

9:00am to 5:00pm
City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA, United Kingdom
Free

Open House weekend is back! Once again hundreds of buildings normally closed to the public will open up for free this weekend, including City Hall.

Open House is a brilliant way to celebrate London’s amazing architecture. It’s a chance to see everything from social housing in Whitechapel, to the viewing gallery in the Gherkin and even the Foreign Office in Westminster. 

City Hall will be open on Saturday 17 September, so come and take a look around the building. You can also visit our #LondonIsOpen exhibition, commissioned by 
Art on the Underground, which features the artworks that have featured as posters on London’s transport network. 

This includes:

  • David Shrigley, ‘London: Everyone Welcome’, 2016
  • Gillian Wearing OBE, ‘Work Towards World Peace’, 1992–1993
  • Hew Locke and Indra Khanna, ‘Mappa Mundi’, 2016
  • Tania Bruguera, ‘The Francis Effect’, 2014
  • Mark Titchner, ‘No Them Only Us’, 2016
  • Jeremy Deller, ‘London & On & On’, 2016
  • Sol Calero, ‘Londres abierto’, 2016
  • Bedwyr Williams, ‘Nobody Gets My Goat’, 2016

The #LondonIsOpen designs from the creative open call will also be on display throughout City Hall.

Below is a list of ‘must-see’ venues as recommended by Open House. You can visit these places for free from 17 – 18 September. 

North East

Barking & Dagenham

  • Barking Riverside
  • Courtyard Housing
  • Valence House
  • Becontree Estate Bus Tour

City of London

  • 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
  • Watermark Place
  • 1 Finsbury Circus
  • Drapers’ Hall

Havering

  • Dreywood Gardens
  • Rainham Hall
  • The Round House
  • The Royals

Newham

  • Courtyard House
  • Abbey Mills Pumping Station
  • Three Mills Lock
  • Silvertown

Redbridge

  • Dangan Road
  • Redbridge Town Hall, Council Chamber
  • Valentines Mansion
  • Fulwell Cross Library

Tower Hamlets

  • Darbishire Place (Peabody Whitechapel Estate)
  • Second Home
  • Wilton’s Music Hall
  • Trevelyan House

Waltham Forest

  • Monoux Almshouses
  • Walthamstow Town Hall
  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
  • William Morris Gallery

 

North

Barnet

  • Wrotham Park
  • Phoenix Cinema
  • Waterlow Court

Camden

  • Alexandra Road Estate
  • McCann London
  • Senate House
  • 5 Pancras Square

Enfield

  • Deephams Sewage Treatment Works
  • Forty Hall & Estate
  • North London Hospice
  • Suburban Studio

Hackney

  • Here East
  • The Makers House
  • Defoe Road
  • Round Chapel

Haringey

  • 13 Kingsley Place
  • Folds
  • Highpoint
  • Green Rooms

Islington

  • Bevin Court
  • Finsbury Town Hall
  • Clock House
  • Paxton Locher House

Westminster

  • 10 Downing Street (by public ballot)
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Kinnerton Street

 

South East

Greenwich

  • Old Royal Naval College
  • Charlton House
  • Thames Barrier
  • University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street

Lewisham

  • Dartmouth Row
  • Place/Ladywell
  • Sayes Court
  • Walter Segal Self-build Houses

Southwark

  • City Hall
  • Map House
  • Peckham Coal Line
  • The Yard House

 

South West

Croydon

  • Crystal Palace Coach House
  • Ruskin Square
  • Airport House
  • Croydon Saffron Central

Lambeth

  • Central Hill Estate
  • Pullman Court
  • The Foundry – Social Justice & Human Rights Centre
  • Rambert

Merton

  • Wimbledon House
  • Y:Cube
  • Buddhapadipa Temple
  • 9 Parkside Avenue

Richmond

  • Fairfax Road
  • Langham House Close, Flats
  • Kew House
  • Ham House and Garden

Sutton

  • BedZED
  • Carshalton House
  • The Sutton Life Centre
  • Honeywood

Wandsworth

  • St John’s Hill
  • Wistaston Cottage
  • Burntwood School
  • Royal Hospital for Neurodisability

 

West

Brent

  • Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Brent Civic Centre
  • Wembley Park Masterplan
  • Underground Bunker, Neasden

Ealing

  • Bluebell House
  • Villa Caroisla
  • Pitzhanger Manor House
  • The White House

Harrow

  • The Arc House
  • ‘Modernism in Metroland’ Walk
  • Former Grosvenor Cinema, now Zoroastrian Centre for Europe
  • Headstone Manor

Hillingdon

  • Swakeleys Estate
  • Eastcote House Gardens
  • Breakspear House and the Dovecote
  • Battle of Britain Bunker

Hounslow

  • Adobe Village Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery School
  • Grove Park Road
  • Osterley Park House
  • Boston Manor House

Kensington & Chelsea

  • Hidden House
  • Silchester Estate
  • The Ismaili Centre
  • 3floor-in2 Apartment

 

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