Out and About: Open House London

Jessica Juckes, ITP Assistant and Rebecca Horton, ITP Coordinator

It was the 25th edition of Open House London last weekend – an initiative that runs for one weekend every September, opening up buildings that don’t usually offer access to the public. It is organised by Open City, London’s leading architecture education organisation, and also involves talks and tours. The concept has spread to over 35 cities across five continents, from Athens to Lagos (see Open House Worldwide).

Some museums across London choose to offer special access to parts of their sites, or tours of the design and history of their buildings. Among this year’s museums and other venues, you will recognise some that you visited on the ITP. Click on the links to see how the museums approached the Open House event: Sir John Soane’s Museum, Kew Gardens, Kenwood House, Victoria and Albert Museum, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Museum of London, National Army Museum, William Morris Gallery,

We both made the most of Open House weekend, using the new Open House mobile app to navigate our ways around the city and pick some interesting spots to visit, including the Apothecaries Hall, Dr Johnson’s House, Freemasons Hall, Kensington Roof Gardens, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

See what we discovered in the gallery below: