Open House London, a celebration of the buildings, places and spaces we live and work in, returns on 19 and 20 September. More than 700 buildings across the capital will open their doors to the public this year and the diversity is breathtaking. As well as award-winning homes and iconic skyscrapers, you will find pumping stations and sports centres, community gardens and a dredger.
Open House also includes a host of walks, talks, tours and cycle rides. And best of all, everything is free.
To save you having to pour over the programme (although part of the fun is seeking out hidden treasures opened up for the festival), we’ve picked out an event in some of our areas for you to enjoy.
Pimlico – 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA Downing Street has been the official residence of British Prime Ministers since 1735. Our Pimlico office rents properties to many government employees, making Westminster/Pimlico an excellent area for investment landlords.
Richmond – Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, TW10 7RS Built in 1610 for a Knight Marshall of James I, Ham House was greatly extended in the 1670s. Ham is a suburban district of south-west London, close to Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames which adjoins the River Thames and the Thames Path National Trust.
Wimbledon – 15 Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4LR A chance to view an exciting new build rear extension to this Victorian house, entailing extensive remodelling of ground floor to create a large open plan flow-through living, dining and kitchen space.
Teddington – Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare, Garrick’s Lawn Hampton Court Road, Hampton, TW12 2EJ Georgian garden building (1756). Tribute to Shakespeare built in the Ionic style by actor David Garrick. If you love this building, or if you love Shakespeare, we have the property for you right in Garrick’s Villa.
Open City takes place on the weekend of 19 and 20 September 2015. All events are free.