Exploring Old Oak and Park Royal

For the second year, Open House London is partnering with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), a Mayoral Development Corporation bringing forward a new district in West London. At the forefront of OPDC’s plan for regeneration is the celebration of what makes Old Oak and Park Royal a ‘Great Place, In the Making’ by uncovering, connecting and showcasing its unique culture, creativity and heritage. 

About OPDC

Established by the Mayor of London in 2015 the OPDC is developing a whole new centre and community for West London with 65,000 new jobs and 25,500 new homes planned – it’s the UK’s largest city-making project since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

About ARTification

A community rooted organisation based in Acton, ARTification develops new relationships, generates imaginative experiences and unites neighbourhoods and its people through the arts. ARTificiation have been commissioned to deliver the creative activities that make up part of the ‘Exploring Old Oak and Park Royal’ programme.


Explore your creativity in west London, ARTification and OPDC have created a range of FREE activities for 21 and 22 September 2019 centred around three hubs and on the Grand Union Canal. 

The activities will uncover and express sites of interest, key landmarks, buildings and the industrial heritage of this unique area in west London.

Activities are for all ages.


Limited availability, sign up at www.london.gov.uk/open-house in advance, a few places will be held for walk ins on the day.

HUB – Old Oak Community and Children’s Centre

76 Braybrook Street, W12 0AP

Drop in family workshops

Saturday 21 September, 11am – 4pm

Building Blocks

Playful, interactive and BIG art installation that celebrates the neighbourhood – the old and the new.

HUB – The Collective

Nash House, Old Oak Lane, NW10 6FF

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September,11am – 4pm 

Building Blocks

Constructing visual spaces by sharing 

HUB – Ace Cafe

Ace Corner, North Circular Road, NW10 7UD

Sat/Sun 11am – 4pm 

Bauhaus to Bikers and beyond 

The ACE cafe with its unique social and cultural heritage will host activities and events that reference Bauhaus to Bikers and beyond.

Grand Union Canal 

Towpath, off Barretts Green Road, NW10 7AE

Sat/Sun, 10am-11am, 11am-11.45am , 1pm – 1.45pm, 2pm – 2.45pm, 3 – 3.45pm Canoe race - 10am – 11am

Ages 7-16

Places for each session are limited. Please wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet (no denim). Registration is strongly recommended, email: sid.patrick@opdc.london.gov.uk


Canoeing with The Sharks 

Learn the basics of canoeing on the beautiful Grand Union Canal, no experience necessary.

Walking Tours

Limited availability, sign up at www.london.gov.uk/open-house in advance, a few places will be held for walk ins on the day.

Departing from The Collective - Nash House, Old Oak Lane, NW10 6FF

A Taste of Park Royal

Sat/Sun 10am (2 hours) 

Discover the culinary delights of Park Royal with local history enthusiast Joanna Dudzinska. This tour will showcase the diverse range of food and drink on offer in London’s largest industrial park, including delights from the Space Shack and Kamil bakery. Please note that this tour will include visits to sites offering alcohol, and thus is not suitable for those under the age of 18 – please notify us of any food allergies email Sid Patrick.



Carpets & Cakes

Sat/Sun 2pm (2 hours)

Walk created by Open City for the Open House programme.

Join local history enthusiast Joanna Dudzinska as we explore several of Park Royal’s iconic businesses: this will include a variety of bakeries based in the Acton business Centre, alongside the famous oriental carpet centre on Chandos Rd.  


Ways of Living

Sat/Sun 2pm (2 hours)

Walk created by Open City for the Open House programme

Back by popular demand, local architectural historian Magdalen Evans will lead a guided tour of the lesser known residential pockets of London’s largest industrial area: this includes The Collective, a co-living space by the Grand Union Canal, and the Wesley Estate, a network of Edwardian streets built by a local stationary entrepreneur. 

Departing from Hanger Lane Station

Art Deco Stations

Sat/Sun 11am (1 hour 20mins)

 Join London Blue Badge guide Joy Lavene for an immersive tour of the Art Deco tube stations of Park Royal. Attendees are asked to arrive via the Central line and meet on the platform at Hanger Lane, where they will learn about the history and design of the buildings inspired by famed underground architect Charles Holden; the walk will finish at Park Royal station (for Piccadilly line and other bus routes). Please note that this tour is not suitable for those with mobility constraints. 


Departing from the Anglican Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery

 Kensal Green Cemetery

Sat 10am & 2pm (2 hours) 

Join the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery for a tour of one of England’s oldest burial grounds.  The 72-acre site is inspired by the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and built in a neo classical style, being notable for its array of extravagant tombs and mausoleums. Attendees are asked to meet at the Anglican Chapel in the centre of the cemetery, accessed via the Harrow Rd entrance (adjacent to Kensal Green Station).