Wow – Open House London is celebrating its Silver Anniversary this weekend, September 16th and 17th. Many of you will have been enjoying the work of this fabulous organisation for many years but for those who haven’t, now is your chance.
Open House was set up by Victoria Thornton so ordinary Londoners could have free access to the often rather private world of architecture. Our city belongs to us and Victoria believed that inspiring the public about the benefits of great design was essential to maintain a creative and positive architectural energy and legacy.
Over 800 buildings will be open – including the historically important, Minimalist living, Isokon building (Lawn Road Flats) in Hampstead built in 1934 and designed by Welles Coats (Seen above).
Or you may like to visit the Leadenhall Building, better known as The Cheesegrater, and take in the great view for free,
or, take a peep inside a Masonic Temple (formerly the Great Eastern Hotel) on Liverpool Street,
or a private home like The Hidden House, a 2 bedroom house built on the site of caretaker’s shed in Clerkenwell.
There is a huge choice of buildings from raw infrastructural projects like The Thames Barrier, through old favourites
like Burlington House where you probably visit the Royal Academy – but have longed to take a look inside the home of The Royal Geological Society or the Linnean Society or the historic apartments of the Society of Antiquaries.
Look at the Open House website for a list of what’s on where and when – you won’t regret it!