Being small time architecture nerds both Laura and I are hyped for this year’s Open House, a 2-day festival where some of the most beautiful and noteworthy buildings in our capital open their doors to the public. Taking place on the 16th & 17th September this annual celebration of London’s architecture allows access to everything from government buildings to historic sites & private homes.
You don’t need to be an architecture buff to appreciate what Open House has to offer. If you’re the kind of person who likes house-hunting purely for nosing around other people’s homes or perhaps you are just insatiably curious about what that building you walk past every day on the commute actually does. then this is definitely the festival for you. Of course, if you’re looking for a larger insight into the infrastructure behind the city many buildings also offer informative tours and walks.
This year over 800 buildings will be available to view, and for the first time ever all of London’s boroughs will be participating – great news if you’re on a budget and can’t afford to travel into Central London!
Although the confirmed list is not available until later this month, Open House have already shared some of this year’s participants. The diversity is astonishing as the doors open to old favourites like the BT Tower and Burlington House (home of the Royal Society of Arts). Other more unusual additions to the list include a medieval barn in Ruislip and a yurt in Highgate. Other attractions require booking in advance due to their huge popularity and limited capacity. 2017 also see’s the final tours of Crossrail so expect tickets for this to go fast when they are made available in early September!
Of course, there are a few negatives to Open House. More popular buildings can attract huge queues, however, if I get to nose around how the other half lives for a day I’m 100% game.
Keep your eyes glued to Lunchbox Travels and we’ll keep you updated with all the latest Open House news.