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Open House London 2016 | 13 East London buildings you have to visit

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Open House London is London’s very own celebration of architecture. Whether you’re interested in eco-friendly modern homes or Roman ruins, there’s plenty to sate your appetite over Open House London 2016 weekend.

There are over 700 buildings, walks, talks and tours on offer, and today we wanted to share our favourite options if  you’re planning to spend the weekend of the 17th and 18th of September exploring East London.

13 London buildings to visit during Open House London 2016

Chrisp Street Market

chrisp street market

Chrisp Street Market

Chrisp Street Market was the first pedestrianised shopping centre of its kind. Designed by Frederick Gibberd as part of the 1951 Festival of Britain, his style has been described as ‘gentle Modernism’. It’s worth climbing the freestanding clock tower (about 70 feet) as well as admiring its beauty from afar.

Date: Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10am-5pm
Address: The Clocktower, Chrisp Street Market E14 6AQ

Access the Clocktower and the V&A’s Lansbury Micro Museum at Unit 27, Chrisp Street Market.

Limehouse Town Hall

Limehouse Town Hall open house london 2016

Limehouse Town Hall © Alessandra Chila

Limehouse Town Hall is a grand building with stone dressings, arched moulded windows and a Portland stone staircase. Designed by A&C Harston and completed in 1881, it’s a Grade II listed building that’s previously been used as council offices, a museum and a shelter for the homeless. Take the audio tour over Open House London weekend to learn more about the history of the building and plans for future developments.

Date: Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September
Time: 1pm-5pm
Address: 646 Commercial Road E14 7HA

Millennium Mills

millennium mills silvertown

Millennium Mills, Silvertown

Derelict for decades, the Millennium Mills flour mill is part of a 62-acre development in London’s Royal Docks. Hard hat tours are available.

Date: Saturday 17th September
Time: Hard hat tours at 10:30am and 12:30pm, pre-book only via hello@silvertownlondon.com
Address: Gate 3, Mill Road E16 2BE

Museum of London Docklands

museum of london docklands open house london

Museum of London Docklands © Museum of London

In 1802 nine warehouses were opened to store sugar, rum and coffee – produce of the slave plantations of the Caribbean. Today just two of the original Georgian warehouses remain, and over Open House Weekend half-hourly tours explaining the design and historic use of the building will give you an insight into their past.

Date: Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10am-6pm
Address: No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay (off Hertsmere Road) E14 4AL

One Canada Square

One Canada Square

One Canada Square

One Canada Square is the largest office building in the UK, with 1.3 million square feet of space. It’s an iconic building built on the original dock that received imports from the Canary Islands. There are hourly tours over Open House weekend, with talks around architectural models in the marketing suite and tours of Level 39, Europe’s largest technology accelerator space.

Date: Saturday 17th September
Time: 10am-5pm
Address: South Lobby, One Canada Square E14 5AB

Pre-booking is essential, email openhouse@canarywharf.com with names and preferred time. 

St Anne’s Church

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Nicholas Hawksmoor’s big break came in 1711 when parliament passed an act commissioning 50 new churches in London. Built in 1730, St Anne’s Church was an impressive building of his that was sadly gutted by fire in 1850. It was restored by Philip Hardwick and still has an active congregation today.

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 10am-5pm
Address: Newell Street E14 7HP

St Matthias Old Church

St Matthias Old Church

St Matthias Old Church

St Matthias is a Grade II* listed building and the oldest building in Docklands. Originally built as a chapel by the East India Company in 1654, today its objective is to enhance the quality of life in the area.

Date: Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10am-5pm
Address: 113 Poplar High Street E14 0AE

St Paul’s Bow Common

St Paul's Bow Common

St Paul’s Bow Common

St Paul’s Bow Common is a working church and a charming example of New Brutalism. Head inside to see  Charles Lutyens’ mosaics encircling the walls.

Date: Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September
Time: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm
Address: Cnr Burdett Rd/ St Paul’s Way E3 4AR

Thames River Police

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Thames River Police

The site of river police operations since 1798, the Thames Police Museum is located at the headquarters of the Marine Policing Unit on the Thames at Wapping. There are regular tours over the weekend and exhibits include uniforms and documents tracing the history of the Thames River Police from 1798 to the present day.

Date: Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11am-5pm
Address: 98 Wapping High Street, E1W 2NE

The Royal Foundation of St Katharine

St Katharine's Precinct

St Katharine’s Precinct

Originally a medieval church founded by Queen Matilda in 1147, today The Royal Foundation of St Katharine continues its commitment to worship, hospitality and service. The site includes a chapel, garden, late 18th century house and even a yurt!

Date: Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10am-5pm
Address: 2 Butcher Row E14 8DS

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

One of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries (which also include Kensal Green, West Norwood, Highgate, Abney Park, Nunhead and Brompton), Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park consists of 33 acres of woodland, ponds and monuments. Whether you’re a history buff or just interested in plant and animal biodiversity, there’s a tour on the Sunday of Open House Weekend to suit you.

Date: Sunday 18th September
Time: 10am-5pm
Address: Southern Grove E3 4PX

Guided history walks at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm; nature walk at 2pm

Trinity Buoy Wharf

trinity buoy wharf

Trinity Buoy Wharf

Home to London’s only lighthouse, an American diner and sustainable Container City buildings, Trinity Buoy Wharf is a location like no other. Expect art, history and the chance to hear Longplayer – an ever evolving musical composition designed to play without repetition for 1,000 years.

Date: Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10am-5pm
Address: 64 Orchard Place E14 0JY

West India Dock Impounding Station

West India Dock Impounding Station open house london

West India Dock Impounding Station

Built in 1929, the West India Dock Impounding Station was used to regulate water levels between the West India and Millwall Docks. It’s recently been automated but the station still uses the original Worthington Simpson pumps driven by Lancashire dynamo. Over Open House Weekend you’ll be able to see displays on the history and current workings of West India Dock Impounding Station.

Date: Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September
Time: 10am-5pm, last entry 3:45pm
Address: Western end of Marsh Wall, E14 8JT

Map: Open House London 2016

Plot your Open House London 2016 route with our map of East London buildings.

Date: Saturday 17 September 2016 10am – 5pm and Sunday 18 September 2016 10am – 5pm.

Location: various

To explore more of London, visit the official website here.