The guide to the London Open House weekend will go live on Friday morning, and reveal the details of those venues that need booking in advance.

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 16.01.27.pngNormally, I would be sitting there eagerly waiting with my list ready as I would have paid for the printed guide. But it hasn’t arrived. In fact, over the past few years the benefit of paying for the guide has diminished to the point that I am wondering why I bother.


A few venues are using Eventbrite to handle booking following the fiasco a couple of years back when everything broke down. Sadly, some venues are still email or ballots, meaning that you wont know what you have for hours, if not days — which makes planning damndably difficult.

However, those that are using Eventbrite can be guessed at via that website search, and here are a few highlights:

Many of them say “sold out”, but that’s because booking is not supposed to start until Friday morning!

The Tree House

The tree house is a timber framed and reclaimed timber clad addition to two 1830’s terraced cottages. Its ramped interior reframes the activities of the house around the garden, absorbing the ½ storey level differences.

Tours of the Horniman Museums’s Original 1901 Building

A behind the scenes tour of the 1901 museum building which was designed by Edwardian architect Charles Harrison Townsend.

Highpoint Tower

Tour of Highpoint foyers, gardens and interior of a flat.

Caledonian Park Clock Tower Open Day

Guided tours providing a rare opportunity to access the 50 metre high, historic Caledonian Park clock tower, see the impressive working clock mechanism and enjoy the spectacular views over London from the top.

Fishmongers’ Hall

Fishmongers’ Hall is a rare example of a Greek Revival town building, featuring an arcaded granite base and a riverside terrace. Designed by the architect Henry Roberts and built between 1832 and 1835, the Hall’s classical simplicity is contrasted by the magnificence of its interior rooms.

Tour of St Pancras Chambers

You will be introduced to the history of the building, and hope to see the hotel lobby and grand staircase, go up to the 5th floor and see an apartment in the Clock Tower before returning to the forecourt of the station.

Dunboyne Road Estate

Tour of Dunboyne Road Estate guided by original architect and resident Neave Brown and local resident, architect Takeshi Hayatsu.

…Crossrail will also open up three building sites for tours, but bookings for those don’t open for a couple of weeks, so I will flag them up later.


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  1. I’m also wondering where my guide is, although I see some people have received theirs already. As I can’t afford to faff around online on Friday morning, because I have something called a job, I too am less than impressed.

  2. Phil Smith says:

    Here’s a quick list of the entries requesting advance booking this year. E&OE.

    Barking & Dagenham

    Castle Green
    Closed Loop Recycling
    Dagenham Park Church of England School
    The Broadway
    Revealing the Roding (walk)


    Phoenix Cinema
    Wrotham Park


    Underground Bunker, Neasden
    Wembley WC Pavilion


    Bromley and Sheppard’s College
    Camden Place (Chislehurst Golf Club)
    St. Mark’s Square
    The Churchill


    British Medical Association House
    British Museum, World Conservation and Exhibition Centre
    Dunboyne Road Estate (formerly Fleet Road Estate)
    Government Art Collection
    King’s Cross Public Realm
    Lullaby Factory, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
    Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
    Royal College of General Practitioners
    St. Pancras Chambers and Clock Tower
    St. Pancras International
    The Coach House

    City of London

    Barbican Centre
    Broadgate Tower
    CityPoint (Simmons & Simmons’ offices only)
    Crossrail Moorgate Construction Site
    Fishmongers’ Hall
    Mansion House
    St. Paul’s Cathedral – Triforium Tour
    Tower 42
    Watermen’s Hall
    Sculpture in the City 2014 (walk)


    Fairfield Halls
    Whitgift Almshouses


    North London Hospice
    Priory Hospital North London


    21st Century Span House
    Emirates Air Line tour with ICE
    St. Alfege Church, Greenwich
    University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street


    Adelaide Wharf
    Hackney Empire
    Stoke Newington School Media Arts and Science College
    Waddington Studios
    Clissold Park (walk)
    Further beyond the Olympic Park – Nort to Walthamstow Wetlands (Sat), South to the Thames (Sun) (walk)

    Hammersmith & Fulham

    BBC Television Centre Masterplan
    Bush Theatre
    Charing Cross Hospital
    Fulham Palace
    V&A Study Centre, Blythe House


    66-68 Stapleton Hall Road
    Discover 150 years of Alexandra Park and Palace History

    The Queen’s Theatre
    The Round House
    Rainham Hall and Marshes (walk)


    Old Water Tower


    Gunnersbury Park & Museum
    St. Mary’s Convent
    Gunnersbury Park Landscape Tour (walk)
    Hounslow Open House Guided Cycle Tour (cycle)


    Caledonian Park Clocktower
    Crossrail Farringdon Construction Site
    John Jones Arts Building
    Oak Rooms, New River Head
    St. Paul Street

    Kensington & Chelsea

    Royal Danish Embassy
    Victoria and Albert Museum


    City Heights E-ACT Academy
    Lambeth Palace
    Young Vic


    Forest Mews
    Horniman Museum and Gardens
    The Green Man (Phoenix Community Housing)


    31b St. Mary’s Road
    Baitul Futuh Mosque


    Abbey Mills Pumping Station
    Connaught Tunnel
    Lee Tunnel & Beckton Sludge Power Generator
    Old Ford Water Recycling Plant
    Waterside Park


    Garden Room House
    Pope’s Grotto and Radnor House School
    Richmond Theatre


    95, Choumert Road
    240, Blackfriars
    Crystal Palace Subway
    artouride cycle tour (cycle)

    Tower Hamlets

    Bow School
    Mint Street
    One Canada Square, Marketing Suite and Level 39
    Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
    SS Robin
    St. Andrew’s
    The Floating Cinema: The International Village Shop Workshop and Tour
    The Tree House
    Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
    Whitechapel Gallery

    Waltham Forest

    Highams Green
    Vestry House Museum
    Walthamstow Library


    Clapham House
    Nine Elms: Riverlight
    New Covent Garden Flower Market – tour
    Nine Elms Walk (walk)


    55, Broadway (London Underground Head Office)
    Burlington House – The Geological Society of London
    Caldeonian Club
    Channel Four Television
    Delfina Foundation
    Dover House, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland
    Fashion Space Gallery Roof Garden
    Former Conservative Club (HSBC offices)
    Gap House
    Home House
    Lindo Wing, St. Mary’s Hospital
    London School of Economics: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
    London Victoria Railway Station
    One Great George Street – Institution of Civil Engineers (MONDAY)
    Oriental Club
    Reform Club
    St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington
    The House of St. Barnabas
    The Learning Centre at The Mall Galleries
    The London Library
    The Queen’s Chapel (St. James’ Palace)
    Two Temple Place
    ‘Do the West End Walk’ with Atkins (walk)
    Brunel’s Paddington: Then and Now (walk)
    The Northbank Revealed (walk)
    The Northbank Revealed – St. Clement Dane Church and St. Mary Le Strand (walk)

  3. Grete L says:

    victoria station are running tours on top of their roof. Seems to be balloted –

  4. Jonathan Wadman says:

    You can (or could in previous years) pick up the printed booklet free from libraries.

  5. Andrew says:

    Gosh – Connaught Tunnel – Max. 2 places per booking!!

  6. Rob Webster says:

    Anyone else seem to be having problems with 55 Broadway? The link given on the site ( returns me with a ‘Sorry, your page request could not be completed’. Could be that the tickets are all gone I suppose, although I’ve been trying all morning!

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