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Open House London 2016: Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Photo: Kritt Normsaskul @Kritt_stagram. Image courtesy of Kritt Normsaskul.
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Discover hidden secrets of London as you peek inside some of the most iconic buildings and architecturally unique spaces around the city for free during the Open House London 2020 festival. Read More


Celebrate London's architectural wonders as Open House London 2020 throws open the doors of iconic buildings and spaces around the capital.

Enjoy free access to buildings which are not usually open to public, from private houses to places of worship, museums, schools and offices, and join live or virtual tours, guided walks and activities throughout the festival. 

What's on during Open House London 2020?

  • Explore core collections with events organised around key themes, including Culture at Risk, Colonial Histories, Race and Space, Landscapes and Landscape Workers and Architecture for the Climate Emergency.
  • Get behind-the-scenes access to historic buildings and cultural institutions, including Grade I-listed architectural treasure Union Chapel, Grade II-listed Phoenix Cinema, one of the oldest cinemas in the country, 1920s art deco gem Freemasons' Hall, historic Royal Opera House and Edwardian-period, Grade II-listed Honeywood Museum.
  • Embark on walking tours exploring themes such as the cultural change of east Londonthe lost canals of south-east London and slavery and the city.
  • Join virtual tours of London's colonial historiesFleet Street pubs, street artparks and secret gardens.
  • Get comfy and peruse through 33 short films providing a sneak peek into fascinating buildings from all over the capital.
  • Then tune into the Open City Podcast which explores the city's past, present and future. 
  • Bring more than 16 iconic London structures home by crafting their models with kits available from the Open House online shop. 

Open House Families also returns in 2020, with a free programme of activities, workshops, online events and architectural trails for children and their families in Open House venues across London.

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