Open House London

The world’s largest Open House festival, Open House London, is back this September with another breathtaking line up of architecture. Peter Gray reports.

Open House London participant St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
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Ok, admit it. We’ve all done it. Who amongst us hasn’t taken a cheeky peak into someone else’s home as you’ve walked  past a row of houses? The urge to look is irresistible, isn’t it? Before you develop a reputation as a peeping tom, however, why not satisfy your curiosity by paying a visit to the world’s largest Open House festival?

Open House London is an annual event which offers free access to hundreds of buildings which are not normally open to the public. The aims of the festival are two-fold; to bring city-makers – architects, developers, engineers, contractors – and the public together and to highlight the benefits of great design.

The event has been badly affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic in recent years (what hasn’t?) but hopes are high for the festival in 2022. Scheduled to take place between the 8th and the 21st of September 2022, the event will showcase a dazzlng array of buildings, with previous exhibits including St Marys Axe (The Gherkin), the Foreign House, Senate House and St Paul’s Cathedral to name just four.

It’s not just about heaping praise on famous architectural icons, however, with the festival’s organisers just as keen to showcase some of London’s’ lesser known buildings. In the recent past architectural gems like the incredible Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon, the Great Hall of Bartholomew’s Hospital and the magnificent Crystal Palace Subway have wowed festival goers.

Several walking tours also taking place during the festival, which gives architecture lovers a chance to take in several buildings in a short space of time.

Open House began life in 1992 with a small London based festival. Since then, the Open House concept has spread around the globe with over 30 cities taking part in 2020. These include Barcelona, Rome, Lisbon, New York, Melbourne, Mexico City and Gdansk.

Open House London is scheduled to take place between the 8th and the 21st of September 2022. More information about the festival can be found here.

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What: architecture festival
When: 8-21 Sept 22
Where: various locations