Open House Weekend 2019

Open House Weekend 2019 takes place on Saturday 21st September & Sunday 22nd September. The Open House London weekend will see over 800 buildings open to the public (some which do not usually have public access.) Open House Weekend is an exciting way to explore a wide range of important London buildings including the historic & more contemporary buildings.

Below we have listed some of our favourite buildings that are taking part in Open House Weekend 2019. The majority of the buildings below are just a short walk from one of our piers.

City of Westminster

Portcullis House

Portcullis House (Photo by Colin on Flickr!)

Photo Credit | Colin on Flickr (Photo Licensed By Creative Commons, resized.)

Portcullis House was designed & built by Michael Hopkins and Partners in 2001. The need for an extension to the parliamentary estate had been apparent since the late 1980’s. The reconstruction of Westminster Station allowed construction of Portcullis House, a new free standing building with office space, two restaurants, a Cafè & E-Library.

Visitors to Portcullis House can marvel at its spectacular atrium, view the contemporary art collection & take a seat & photo on a replica of a Commons iconic green bench. Other highlights include talks about Parliament & the Palace of Westminster.

Open House Access

Walking Distance  2 Min / 130 Yards from Westminster Pier

Saturday 21st September 2019 | 10:00-17:00

Visiting Notes | Access to the atrium & the 1st floor only, expect long queues & airport style security.

Somerset House

Somerset House

Somerset House was designed by William Chambers & completed 1801. The house has been home to the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Society, the General Register Office & the Inland Revenue. Today Somerset House is open to the public and regularly hosts concerts & other public events.

Open House Access

Walking Distance  8 Min / 0.4 Miles from Embankment Pier

Walking Distance  16 Min / 0.8 Miles from Westminster Pier

Saturday 21st September 2019 | 11:00-18:00

Sunday 22nd September 2019 | 11:00-18:00

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HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington is a Grimsby Class Sloop launched in 1934. She escorted convoys in the North Atlantic throughout the Second World War. She is now permanently moored on Victoria Embankment and is the livery hall of the Honorable Company of Master Mariners.

Open House Access

Walking Distance  10 Min / 0.5 Miles from Embankment Pier

Sunday 22nd September 2019 | 11:00-17:00

Visiting Notes | 

10 Downing Street

City of London

Watermen's Hall

Watermen’s Hall is the only remaining Georgian livery hall in the City of London & is home to the Company of Watermen & Lightermen. The hall was designed by William Blackburn & was constructed in 1780, the hall was extended in 1983 adding The Freemen’s Room.

Open House Access

Walking Distance  12 Min / 0.6 Miles from St. Katharine Pier

Saturday 21st September 2019 | Pre-Booked Tours at: 09:00, 10:30, 12:00 & 13:15

Visiting Notes | Pre-booking essential, booking information is available on the Company of Watermen & Lightermen’s website (Link below).

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece, built in the 17th Century as the Royal Hospital for Seamen on the site of the Tudor Palace of Placentia. The Old Royal Naval College boasts beautiful surroundings & some of the most magnificent interiors in London. The Painted Hall in King William Court is home to the largest painted ceiling in Europe, a Baroque masterpiece by Sir James Thornhill depicting over 30 years of English aristocracy & British Naval Power. The Chapel of St Peter & St Paul in Queen Mary Court has a beautiful interior designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stewart. Visitors to the Old Royal Naval College can enjoy tours of the Painted Hall & the grounds & visit the cafe & gift shop located in King William Court.

The Chapel Of St Peter & St Paul

The Chapel Of St Peter & St Paul was designed by Sir Christopher Wren & constructed by Thomas Ripley in 1751. After a fire in 1779 the chapel was rebuilt by James “Athenian” Stuart in the Greek Revival Style.

Admiral's House

The Admiral’s House was designed by John Webb as part of King Charles II’s royal palace at Greenwich. After the opening of the Royal Hospital For Seamen on the site, the Admiral’s House became the residence of the Governor of the Royal Hospital.

The Jacobean Undercroft

The Jacobean Undercroft is the last remains of the Tudor Palace of Placentia. The Undercroft was constructed during the reign of King James I & was located beneath the Great Hall of the Tudor Palace. After the Palace of Placentia was demolished by Sir Christopher Wren to make way for the Royal Hospital For Seamen the Undercroft became part of the foundations for the Royal Hospital.

Open House Access

Walking Distance  2 Min / 0.1 Mile from Greenwich Pier

Saturday 21st September 2019 | 10:00-17:00

Sunday 22nd September 2019 | 10:00-17:00

Visiting Notes | Pre-booking is required for this building.

Fan Museum

Fan Museum, Royal Borough of Greenwich
The fan museum was the first of its kind and is situated in a pair of restored Grade II listed town houses dating from 1721. It is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the history of fans and is home to numerous exhibits & the orangery which serves afternoon tea in a picturesque setting.

The Georgian Townhouses date from 1721 & were designed by the architect John Savery. After being gifted to the Fan Museum Trust in 1987 the townhouses have been renovated & restored to an original Georgian style. The townhouses now have an authentic Georgian feel perfected by the magnificent Orangery which has been decorated in trompe l’oeil by the artist Jane Barraclough.

Open House Access

Walking Distance  8 Min / 0.4 Miles from Greenwich Pier

Saturday 21st September 2019 | 11:00-17:00

St. Alfege Church

Open House Access

Saturday 22nd September 2018 | 10:45-16:00

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Other Buildings

Bridge Theatre

Open House Access

Saturday 22nd September 2018 | 09:45-13:15

Visiting Notes | (Pre-booking is required for this building, expect queues & airport style security)

US Embassy (The Cube)

American Embassy (The Cube), Vauxhall

Open House Access

Saturday 21st September 2019 | 10:30-13:00

Visiting Notes | (Pre-booking is required for this building, expect queues & airport style security)

Marine Police Headquarters

Marine Police Headquarters, Wapping

Open House Access

Saturday 21st September 2019 | 11:00-17:00
Sunday 22nd September 2019 | 11:00-17:00

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The first Open House Weekend took place in 1992 & included just 20 buildings. Over the last 27 years the event has grown and this year includes over 800 buildings which will be visited by around 250,000 people.

Open House Weekend is organised by the charity Open House London who also organise a wide range of tours, walks & learning events throughout the year. Click the link below to learn more about Open House London.

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More Notes

Thames Barrier

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/3304

 

St. Alfege Church

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/2483

 

Devonport Mausoleum

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/249

 

10 Downing Street

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/2738

 

HQS Wellington

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/8391

 

Portcullis House

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/1380

 

Somerset House

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/1679

 

St. Martin In The Fields

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/3205

 

The Queens Chapel St. James’

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/1437