Open House 2018

Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. Find out which buildings are open in South Kensington.

Free

The Lookout Discovery Centre

22nd & 23rd Sept
11-4pm
Hyde Park
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Old meets new at this eco-friendly building. Sitting proudly on top of a re-instated Victorian reservoir , this building emulates the canopy of a tree, blending into its listed surroundings of Hyde Park. Eco features include living roof.

Free

The Victoria & Albert Museum

22nd & 23rd Sept
11am & 2pm
V&A
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Introducing the varied architecture of the V&A, allowing access to some areas usually closed to the public. The latest building and restoration projects include Exhibition Road Quarter by architects AL_A. Tours including behind the scenes at 11am & 2pm - pre-book only.

Free

The Ismaili Centre

23rd Sept
10-3pm
The Ismaili Centre
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Part of an international family of Ismaili Centres, a religious, cultural and social space for the Shia Ismaili Muslim community. The serenity of the entrance fountain to the roof garden reflects Muslim traditions in architecture and design. Tours every 30 mins

Free

Serpentine Pavilion

22nd & 23rd Sept
10-6pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018.

Leighton House Museum

22nd & 23rd Sept
10-5.30pm
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Originally the studio home of Lord Leighton, President of the Royal Academy, the house is one of the most remarkable buildings of 19C. The museum houses an outstanding collection of high Victorian art, including works by Leighton himself.

Free

Institut francais du Royaume-Uni

22nd & 23rd Sept
11.45am - 6pm
Institut fran├žais
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1939 Art Deco Grade ll listed building refurbished in 1950, then restructured and modernised in 2014. Contains an authentically classic cinema, private salons, multimedia library and bistro. Regular tours every 60 mins (12-5pm)

Free

Design Museum

22nd & 23rd Sept
10-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Regarded by English Heritage as the second most important modern building in London, its striking hyperbolic paraboloid copper roof reflects the architects' desire to create a 'tent in the park'. Tours at 1pm & 3pm (20 mins)

Free

Dana Research Centre & Library, Science Museum

22nd & 23rd Sept
10-5pm
Science Museum
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A world-class environment for academic research into the Museum's collections. A double layer of steel-perforated panels lines the double-height glazing that dominates the reading room, dappling sunlight to create an inspirational space.

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Royal Albert Hall

22nd Sept
9-1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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One of Britain's most iconic buildings, designed by Royal Engineers, and opened by Queen Victoria in 1871. Now Grade I listed, it hosts over 380 events in the main auditorium every year including a full range of music, sport and films. Access will be via a set route across most areas of the building.

Free

Exhibition Road Day of Design

23rd Sept
10-5pm
V&A
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A special event on Exhibition Road to celebrate 10 years of London Design Festival at the V&A. Bringing together events by Brompton Design District, Design Museum, Imperial, Natural History Museum, Science Museum & the V&A, this fun-filled day of design, workshops & talks for everyone.