Hands up, who doesn’t love a bit of snooping around other people’s houses? And if they’re mansions or design homes – even better. This weekend, Open House London opens up the door to hundreds of London buildings, inviting the public to take part in a fantastic architectural showcase. The best part? It’s free.
We’ve cherry picked where to head if you want the see the sexiest houses, funkiest homes and grandest buildings.
Tottenham Court Road
Centre Point, Saturday 9am-5pm
This 34-storey, grade III listed building, has been described as having an ‘elegance worthy of a Wren steeple’. We’re not sure we agree, but we do know that the view is fantastic. Don’t forget to swing by former member’s bar Paramount for a sip of bubbly.
City of London
Lloyd’s of London, Saturday 10am-5pm
One of the most popular sites for Open House visitors, prepare to queue up! Soak up the banking spirit, admire the British High-Tech architecture and pretend you’re Gordon Gekko.
no-House, Saturday and Sunday 1pm-5pm
Worth checking out just for the name, this striking glass and timber box is a family home set over three floors. We wonder if the neighbours in their Victorian houses have architect envy…
Kensington & Chelsea
Brick House, Saturday 9am-1pm
Another family home, which can only be reached by a carriageway through the facade of an adjacent Victorian terrace. Sounds claustrophobic, but the monastic look is interesting. RIBA Award Winner 2006.
Marlborough House, Saturday 10am-5pm
Once the home of Edward VII and Queen Mary, now it’s the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat. The rooms are exquisitely decorated and you can really soak up the royal flair. Pretend you’re lost and wander over to Clarence House, Harry might be in…
Some of these places require pre-booking, so check out Open House for more information.Then get ready with list in hand, walking shoes on and start trodding the capital’s streets.
Gap House, Saturday 2 – 5 pm
A minimal carbon footprint family home, built in an 8ft wide space that was once the side alley and garden of an adjacent house. If only everything in London could be this efficient. RIBA Award Winner 2009.
Get on your Boris bike and enjoy a cruise around town and a nose around other people’s houses this weekend.