Open House London 2020
Time: 9am to 9pm
Due to the restrictions as a results of COVID-19, the 2020 event will be a mix of virtual and in-person events taking place on the weekend of 19-20 September with additional events on the 27th September.
With more than 800 buildings usually closed to the public opened up for public viewing, Open House London claims to be the biggest architectural festival in the world. Check out the buildings you can view, in person or online, on the Open House London website
Each year, over a quarter of a million people take advantage of the festival to glimpse London’s hidden treasures, take tours, and listen to talks throughout the city. Lots of spaces require pre-booking, so get on it if there are particular buildings you’re keen to visit. Highlights for 2019 include Erno Goldfinger’s brutalist Balfour Tower, a walking tour of the proposed Camden to King’s Cross High Line project. Fancy a peek behind doors of the Freemasons’ Hall? No secret handshake or robes required.
It’s a varied programme, not exclusively about beautiful buildings, fancy residences and secret halls. If you’re interested in engineering, check out Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility to take a tour of one of Europe’s most advanced recycling facilities.