General information & FAQs

The Open House London event is fully inclusive and admission is free for all Open House London events each September. You will need to find out which buildings are opening / walks and talks planned in order to plan your visits. To pre-order a copy of the programme for next year's event, click here

Please also see our privacy notice

The dates for Open House London in 2016 are 17 & 18 September

Q: What will I find when I get to the buildings?
A: At many of the sites, there will be someone to show you around and answer your questions. These are the Open House guides and stewards, and there are thousands of them – some professional, some amateur enthusiast, all volunteering their time and knowledge. In recognition of their role their badge enables them to gain priority access to buildings apart from those that are pre-booking only. For information about volunteering, please see below or email

Q: Where can I buy the Open House London Guide
A: The Open House London guide can be pre-ordered from our shop page. The guide will be sent out in August 2016. The guide is also availble in the following book shops: RIBA Bookshop,
London Review Bookshop, V&A Museum Shop, National Theatre, AA Bookshop, ICA Bookshop
Foyles, Museum of London, Persephone Books and Brick Lane Bookshop.

Q. Will I get to meet any of the architects?
A. Look out for the entries coded as having architects on site; it means that architects will be giving talks and tours of some of the buildings they’ve designed. There were a staggering 1600 tours being given by architects last year in total. Sometimes you will also find the practice director on site. Also, some of their studios/offices will be open, so that you can see the projects they’re working on. Don’t forget to look out for the factsheets too which will be available at most buildings.

Q. Do I need to book?
Entry to a few of the properties will require you to book in advance. Relevant contact details will be given for you to do this.

Q. What about late additions and withdrawals?
The Stop Press is produced mid-September each year to provide a comprehensive list of amendments, additions and withdrawals to the participating buildings. This is published on the Open House London homepage. The web listings will also be kept up to date with amends.

Q. What are the terms of entry?
Open House London is a free event in which all sections of the community are invited to participate. Please note that each building’s opening, security arrangements and refusal of entry are controlled by individual owners, and entry to each building is on terms and at times specified. Participation in events and activities is at your own risk. Information in the guide and on the web listings is provided by contributors. Open House has taken all reasonable care to verify the information provided and cannot accept responsibility for any variation from the details published here. Please do respect building owners and their privacy, and be mindful of photo-taking.

Disclaimer: Neither Open House nor the leader or organiser of any event, activity or walk advertised in the guide or on the Open House website nor any other programme listing, print or electronic, shall be held liable for the death or injury, accident or damage to the person or property (including theft or loss) of any event participant or any guest or any person occurring during or arising from participation in any of the events advertised in the Open House London programme.

Please also refer to our privacy notice

Q. Can you tell me about access for visitors with disabilities?
The Guide will be available in large print format by emailing

This year, blind and partially-sighted people will again have the rare opportunity to go on VocalEyes audio-described tours of four of London's iconic buildings. Each tour will be led by one of their describers with a representative from the building or the building's designers. To find out more about the audio described tours and to book your place please visit the VocalEyes website or contact VocalEyes at

VocalEyes is a national charity providing access to the arts through audio description and the tours for Open House Weekend have been kindly supported by the Greater London Fund for the Blind.

Q. Where else in the world can I find Open House events?
A. Open House now takes place in over 30 cities around the world. See for the full up to date list of participating cities

Q. How can I get my building or event involved in Open House?
A The majority of the programme is compiled with our own research, and sometimes suggestions for inclusion are made to us which we are then able to consider on their individual merits. The criteria for inclusion in the Open House event are architectural merit, and buildings/areas of buildings that are not usually accessible to the general public.
Prospective participants can find out more here

Q. How can I get involved as a volunteer?
A Event requires stewards and guides to help at participating buildings, and in return volunteers receive a badge that lets them jump queues at buildings. For full details and how to apply download this info sheet or see the volunteering page

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