Open House Festival is a two-week celebration of London’s homes, architecture and neighbourhoods.
It’s a fantastic chance to explore bits of London that you’d never normally get to see. Here’s a few things that might appeal to you:
- A tour of the BT Tower: The headline act for this year’s Open House, take a 45-minute tour of the iconic BT Tower, including ascending to the revolving viewing platform 158m above the ground. This one is expected to be popular so tickets are allocated by ballot.
- Saddlers’ Hall, St Paul’s: The neo-classical style interior is furnished with period furniture, and objects from the company’s history dating back to the 15th century.
- Prince Henry’s Room, Fleet Street: It’s one of the few buildings in the City which survived the Great Fire into our own times, and has one of the best-preserved Jacobian enriched plaster ceilings, which few people get to see.
- London Fire Brigade Memorial Hall, Lambeth: London Fire Brigade’s grade-II listed Memorial Hall, part of the LFB Headquarters, has an open day, when the public can view memorials by Gilbert Bayes commemorating firefighters lost protecting London.
- Kingston Liberal Synagogue: A Victorian school which was converted into a synagogue in the 1970s. Visit on the open day to learn about the building’s history, and the Jewish history of the local area.