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. Get hold of a copy of the printed programme (available in August each year) or check out the website search facility which will go live on 9 August in 2010. Pre-booking also opens on this day. Along with a brief description and the name of the architect, each building’s entry in the Guide or in the website search facility will contain its address, opening days and hours, access to visitors, pre-booking details where relevant, amenities and transport.
For all the ways to get hold of the programme see here
Q: What will I find when I get to the buildings?
A: At many of the 700 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 in 2010, please email
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 are a staggering 1600 tours being given by architects this 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?
A. Entry to a few of the properties will require you to book in advance. Where this is through the building contact details are given. Bookings administered by Open House are indicated. These have to be made via our website from 9 August only, go to the search pages, look for your building using the search criteria, go into the detail page and click on the Pre-book link and select your preferred tour time and number of places, subject to availability, enter the contact details and submit. You will then be sent an email confirmation which includes a link to release your booking if you find you can no longer attend. Spaces are limited and are on a strictly first come, first served basis. Open House regrets that we cannot guarantee availability of places. As places on these tours are restricted please ensure that you attend. If you don't cancel and don't attend, you may be blacklisted from future Open House event bookings.
NOTE: online pre-booking is only open from 9 August 2010– 15 September unless otherwise stated.
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 (you will need to check the Updates and Amendments page of the website). The web listings will also be kept up to date with
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, over 18 & 19 September 2010. 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.
Q. Can you tell me about access for visitors with disabilities?
This year Open House is again working in partnership with Artsline, the disability information service, to provide online access information for the event. Where buildings have supplied this information, it can be seen on artsline.org.uk/openhouse so that visitors can prepare for a successful and enjoyable visit. Please note, the Artsline office is not able to provide other general information.
The Guide will also be available in large print format by emailing email@example.com
Q. Where else in the world can I find Open House events?
A. Open House cities also now include New York, Dublin and Galway, taking place in October
Open House Dublin
Open House Galway
Open House London is London’s independent contribution to the European Heritage Days initiative which takes place across 48 countries. For details of events across the UK in September for Heritage Open Days visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk
The dates for Open House London in 2011 are 17 & 18 September!