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FREE event
21 - 22 September 2019

​The capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design, Open House London is a citywide celebration of the vibrant buildings, places and spaces situated across the capital.

With over 700 buildings to choose from, this event provides a unique opportunity to see, explore and learn about London’s amazing architecture and design over one weekend. 

These are our top City picks for the weekend – happy exploring!

Mansion House
The Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court) - new for 2019
New Museum of London, West Smithfield
City Information Centre  - RIBA award winner 2009
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths
Guildhall Art Gallery

For more information and view the full programme visit the Open House London website.

Due to Reimagine, celebrating World Car Free Day, there will be road closures across the City on Sunday 22 September. Find out more about the event and plan your journey.

Tours at Mansion House and The Old Bailey

The home of the Lord Mayor, Mansion House was designed by George Dance the Elder and dates to the 18th century. With superb plasterwork and wood carving, Mansion House is also home to a magnificent plate collection and an art collection including sculptures and the 84 Dutch paintings of the Harold Samuel Art Collection.

The Old Bailey was designed by Edward Mountford. This Edwardian Baroque building has a base of Cornish granite with Portland stone facing above. Inside, the lower grand hall and Grand Hall are lined with rich marble and the arches are of white Ancaster stone.

Mansion House Tours: Saturday, 21 September at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Tours Fully Booked.

Old Bailey Tours: Saturday, 21 September at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Tours fully booked.

Tours are free but tickets must be booked in advance online. Tickets are available via online booking only. Maximum of four tickets per booking. Names must be provided on registration.

City of London Corporation sponsored walks

The City of London Guides are running a number of free walks on Open House London Weekend, in association with the City of London Corporation. Tickets are allocated on a first come basis at Guildhall Yard from 9.30am. Choose from four different walks, available throughout Saturday and Sunday and all led by a qualified City Guide:

All Change at Aldgate: The East of the City. Travel through the east of the City where your guide will introduce you to stories and tales of people and place. You'll see gems including Fredericks Place and travel through some hidden places towards your destination. Tour lasts approx 1 hour, starting every 60 minutes from 10am - 2pm.

Murder, Mystery and Medicine: Alleyways North. Walk towards the north of the City, journeying towards Smithfield to hear stories of murder, mystery and medicine and see places including West Smithfield and St Bartholomew the Great Church. Tour lasts approx 1 hour, starting every 60 minutes from 10.30am - 2.30pm.

Up in the World! Highways and Byways of the City. Take a chance to look up in the City and walk along the highwalks and byways of the Square Mile. See the Cripplegate area, the Roman Wall and a church with a link to Shakespeare on the way to Barbican Hall. Tour lasts approx 1 hour, starting every 60 minutes from 10.45am - 2.45pm.

Westward Ho! Courtyards and Passages in the City. Walk west towards St Bride's Church. You'll be guided through courtyards and passages, see Stationer's Hall and learn why Christopher Wren was able to inspire a baker. Tour lasts approx 1 hour, starting every 60 minutes from 10.15am - 2.15pm.

All walks start from the ambulatory in Guildhall's West Wing, EC2V 5AE. For more information see our How to find us page.

About Open House

Open House was created in London by Open-City, London’s leading independent architecture education organisation. Open-City also run regular London Architecture Tours.

25 July 2013
Last Modified:
12 September 2019