Open House returns to South Kensington with a chance to join architectural tours, self-guided tours and trails and to go behind the scenes at some of the world's leading cultural institutions.
Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to over 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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