It’s that time of year again – when buildings across London open their doors to the general public as part of Open House London. Over 800 buildings are involved, alongside a programme of neighbourhood walks, engineering and landscape tours, bike rides and expert talks. And the whole thing is free.
Run by architecture education organisation Open-City, Founding Director Victoria Thornton says:
Open House is a unique and vibrant annual event, offering people across London the chance to explore and learn about the capital’s architecture. In 2013 87% of participants said the Open House annual event was the best way see, explore and learn about the capital’s architecture. This year we’re putting together a great programme of open buildings, walks, tours and talks taking in everything from award-winning contemporary homes to major regeneration areas.
Many London icons are open to the public, including City Hall (pictured above), the Shard, 30 St Mary Axe (aka the Gherkin) and Citypoint. Sustainable developments are also opening their doors, and some of the architects behind them are offering talks on their work.
In fact, there’s so much going on you don’t need to go much further than your post code. You can search through all the projects and events in year’s Open House here.