Open House London 2019

The annual Open House London is a festival dedicated to making architecture accessible to everyone. From 21-22 September, there will be over 800 buildings to explore across London from historical gems and salubrious private homes to monolithic skyscrapers and hidden government buildings.Not to be missed!

Free

Open House London: Dana Research Centre & Library, Science Museum

21-22 September
10am-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.

Free

Open House London: Institut français du Royaume-Uni

21-22 September
11:451m-6pm
Institut français
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1939 Art Deco Grade II listed building refurbished in 1950, then restructured and modernised in 2014. Contains an authentically classic cinema, private salons and multimedia library. Tours every 60 minutes, pre-booked from 12noon-5pm

Free

Open House London: Leighton House Museum

21-22 September
10am-5:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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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

Open House London: Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami

21-22 September
10am-5:00pm
Serpentine Galleries
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The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

Free

Open House London: South Kensington Tube Station

21-22 September
10am-3pm Tours pre-booked
South Kensington Estates
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In honour of the 150th anniversary of the District line, this tour will discuss the history of the station, the architectural features dating from the Victorian, Edwardian, and modern eras, and the operational functions of the station. Staff-led tours every 60 minutes, pre-booked.

Free

Open House London: The Ismaili Centre

22 September
10am-4pm
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 15 minutes, 10am-3pm