Details about which buildings will be opened to the public for Open House London weekend will be published later this week.

The launch will be Thursday 17th August.

At that point, there will be a flurry to find out which venues need booking, and try to book places before they “sell out”.

Open House London takes place over the weekend of 16th-17th September 2017.

Although most bookable venues are announced on Thursday, some are already leaking out, and indeed, some have already run out of places.

The Open House tours that I have found:

Open House at London Metropolitan Archives

Special tours will be happening all day and will take you to places not usually open to the public.

Tower 42

Tower 42 is the one of the tallest skyscrapers in the City of London and was originally built for the National Westminster Bank – hence it’s former name, the NatWest Tower.

Tours of St Alfege Crypt Saturday

A rare chance to visit the atmospheric crypt of historic St Alfege Church in the heart of Greenwich, the burial place of General James Wolfe and other historical and significant local figures.

One Blackfriars

Each tour will start on the ground floor then progress up to the presentation lounge on level 11, it will then proceed on up to the Executive Lounge on level 32 to admire the views of the London skyline.

Lambeth Palace

Free tours of the historic home and office of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Building tour of the Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute is housed in a striking new building designed by architects HOK with PLP Architecture. This new, world-class, interdisciplinary biomedical research centre occupies a distinctive steel, glass and terracotta-clad building in the heart of Kings Cross in central London.

Dunboyne Road Estate (formerly Fleet Road Estate)

The tour includes a visit to No. 36, a split level maisonette retaining many of the original features such as sliding partitions and fitted joinery work.

Bethlem Chapel

Join Bethlem’s chaplain and archivist Colin Gale for a rare chance to view and hear about Bethlem Hospital’s chapel and its Dutch style interior, built as part of the hospital move from St George’s Fields to Beckenham in the 1920’s.

Architecture tour of Valence House

This tour will take you in to the hidden parts of the house – the attics and cellars – and will require you to clime some steep staircases.

Caledonian Clock Tower

Come and see inside the fascinating 19th Century clocktower that rose over the Metropolitan Meat Market for 50 years, in what is now Caledonian Park.

Bevin Court

Built on the bomb damaged site of Holford Square, Bevin Court is one of London’s hidden Modernist gems.

Visit St Pancras International

The opportunity to look more closely at the finer details of this iconic building that often go unnoticed by busy commuters with a 60 minute tour.

Gunnersbury Park and Museum

A ‘behind the scenes’ look at Gunnersbury Park and Museum’s restoration project, led by members of the project team.

Islington Town Hall

See the original Art-Deco interiors and staircases, as well as the magnificent council chamber. Clocks, paintings and decorative panels have survived for nearly a century.

London Metropolitan Archives

Special tours will be happening all day and will take you to places not usually open to the public.

The National Archives

Special tours will explain how we use the space to preserve and conserve the nation’s historical documents for future generations and give insight into the thinking behind the original design.


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  1. Edmond Dantes says:

    Many are listed on–london/open-house/


  2. Theo says:

    The St pancras ones seem to be sold out already! At least the times I tried on Saturday just added you to a waitlist.

  3. Diane Burstein says:

    Really bad form to advertise and take bookings before official bookings open in my opinion.

  4. BarbaraN says:

    Does anyone know at what time the bookings will be open? My experience with other Open House cities is that almost all tickets are gone within 5 minutes of release.

  5. Sarah Lewington says:

    Really poor that the brochure says that booking opens tomorrow (Thursday) but in the meantime many of those buildings where pre booking is required are already sold out. Boo. Open House is a fabulous initiative, but they really should sort this out!

  6. lockedintheattic says:

    Abbey Mills is sold out but the equally impressive Crossness Engines in Thamesmead still has plenty of space

  7. agk says:

    I’ve made a spreadsheet-style summary again this year –

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