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Open House London 2017

Celebrate the best of architecture and design with Open House London 2017. Explore Roman ruins, discover innovative eco-friendly homes and visit some of London’s most famous landmarks all in one weekend.

Open House Weekend London 2017

Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Gillespies Landscape Architects will be leading tours around Crossrail Place Roof Garden every 60 minutes over Open House weekend. This urban retreat is located above the new Crossrail station.

Date: Saturday 16th September
Time: 10am-4pm
Address: Crossrail Place Roof Garden, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf

Dennis Severs House

Expect queues at this Georgian mansion in the East End, but trust us – the wait will be worth it. You’ll be one of just 30 visitors at a time exploring this historic home that retains its panelled interior and staircase of 1724.

Date: Saturday 16th September
Time: 12pm-4pm
Address: 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX

Trinity Buoy Wharf / Container City

We’re huge fans of Trinity Buoy Wharf. Home to London’s only lighthouse and an active artists community, this is one East London destination that’s guaranteed to surprise and delight.

Date: Saturday 16th September
Time: 10am-5pm
Address: 64 Orchard Place, E14 0JW

St Mary’s Church Battersea

Completed in 1777, St Mary’s Church in Battersea is a classic Grade I listed Georgian church that’s well worth a visit. Incredibly, an earlier church may have stood here back in 800.

Date: Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th September
Time: 1pm-5pm
Address: Battersea Church Road, SW11 3NA

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Open House London FAQ

When is Open House London 2017?

The Open House London 2017 weekend event takes place on Saturday 16 September 2017 and Sunday 17 September 2017.

Open House London app

The Open House London app is great as it allows you to track where you are on the go. It’s now available on the app store.

Open House London buildings list

For the full Open House London buildings list buy the London Open House Guide.

Open House London 2017 ballot

Although most buildings operate on a first come, first served basis, there is an Open House London ballot to gain access to certain buildings. These are not necessarily the best London buildings, but they do tend to be the ones that can only accept limited visitors or where there is a higher security risk.

Open House London map 2017

Like last year we’ll be creating another Open House London map for you to use. Our map will plot our must visit buildings on one map so you can see how quickly you can get from one building to another. It’s all about hacking the weekend to see as many amazing buildings as possible!

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Recap: the best buildings we visited in 2016

  • Chrisp Street Market – described as ‘gentle Modernism’ and the first pedestrianised shopping centre. Climb the clock tower for views of East London.
  • Limehouse Town Hall – a Grade II listed building still standing strong.
  • Millennium Mills – soon to be redeveloped, so it may not be open for tours in 2017. Take the DLR out to the Royal Docks asap to see it for yourself.
  • Museum of London Docklands – open all year round for visitors, it’s a great museum with an interesting permanent collection. Really popular with families.
  • One Canada Square – Canary Wharf’s iconic building with great views from the top.
  • St Anne’s Church – one of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s masterpieces and a true East London gem.
  • St Matthias Old Church – built in 1654, St Matthias Old Church is the oldest building in Docklands. You’ll find it close to Canary Wharf in neighbouring Poplar.
  • St Paul’s Bow Common – New Brutalism has to be seen in person to be appreciated.
  • Thames River Police – London’s policing museum that’s well worth a visit if you’re interested in learning more about the history of river operations in London.
  • The Royal Foundation of St Katharine – worth a wander all year round. We’re big fans of the yurt cafe!
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park – one of the Magnificent Seven London cemeteries.
  • Trinity Buoy Wharf – an inspiring arty hub close to London City Island. Visit the diner for pancakes before listening to Longplayer, a piece of music designed to play without repetition for 1000 years.
  • West India Dock Impounding Station – regulating water levels since 1929.

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