Now in its silver anniversary year, Open House London is a city-wide celebration of the buildings, places, and neighbourhoods where we live, work and play. On the weekend of the 16th & 17th September 2017, take to the streets and explore over 800 unique and fascinating buildings that make up the most recognisable skyline in the world.
Open House is a simple but powerful concept: for one weekend in September, hundreds of great buildings of all types and periods open their doors to everyone. For free. Each year a quarter of a million people take the chance to explore and get under the skin of London's amazing architecture.
This year you can choose from over 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours in the Open House programme. If you're planning on checking out Open House this year, make Grange Hotels your choice destination from which to launch your exploration.
Here are just a few of the hundreds of Open House venues right outside our own front doors...
10 Downing Street (William Kent)
Probably the most famous door in the country, 10 Downing Street has been the residence of British Prime Ministers since 1735. Behind its famous black door the most important decisions affecting Britain for the last 277 years have been taken and now you have the chance to see what lies beyond the threshold.
Banqueting House (Inigo Jones)
In 1698, fire claimed the largest and most complex palaces in Europe. Today, the stunningly regal Banqueting House is all that remains of Whitehall Palace. It is one of the first examples of the principles of Palladianism being applied to an English building. Step inside during Open House to view the site and its set of magnificent ceiling paintings by Rubens.
New Scotland Yard (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris)
New Scotland Yard lies within the redeveloped extension of the 1930s Curtis Green. Home to the Metropolitan Police on the Embankment at Whitehall, these halls of justice feature a new curved glass pavilion entrance and extensions to the rooftop and rear.
Secrets of the Devil's Acre (tour)
Explore Victoria's ancient streets with a Westminster Guide to discover social housing, social history, celebrated architects and Victorian philanthropists.
55 Broadway (Charles Holden)
HQ of London Underground, dubbed on opening as 'the cathedral of modernity'. The exterior features sculptures by eminent artists of the day, including Henry Moore, Jacob Epstein and Eric Gill, while the interior features a fascinating architectural insight into the future as seen from the 1950s.
All of these wonderful venues and more are a mere stone's throw away from...
Grange Wellington Hotel
Find an oasis of calm in the heart of Westminster at Grange Wellington Hotel. This beautifully appointed former hospital has a rich architectural history of its own, making it an ideal location to begin your London Open House experience.
Royal Albert Hall (Captain Fowke & General Scott)
One of Britain's most iconic buildings, designed by Royal Engineers. Now Grade I listed, it hosts over 370 main events every year including a full range of music, sport and films. If you can't make it to the Proms this year, this is an ideal chance to explore this fabulous Victorian venue.
155 Holland Park Avenue (unknown)
Take an idiosyncratic tour of art and design at Holland Park Avenue. Each room of this eccentric house depicts different styles, ranging from Victorian Gothic to a maharaja's loo. A place of fabulous effects and fun, drawing inspiration from world travel.
Hidden House (Hogarth Architects)
A new build 2600sq ft mews house as featured on Grand Designs. Four floors with a large basement living space and night club dance floor wrapped around a courtyard with a pond and waterfall. An example of the creativity and ambition that makes London great.
These wonderful diversions are just a pleasant stroll from...
The Grange Strathmore Hotel is an imposing 4-Star edifice, located in South Kensington. From this central hub, you can explore many of the Open House buildings with effortless ease. The hotel itself is a fully restored Victorian mansion. The hotel building was formerly the London residence of the Earl of Strathmore – the late Queen Mother’s father.
30 St Mary Axe a.k.a The Gherkin (Foster + Partners)
30 St Mary Axe, more commonly known as the 'Gherkin', is a landmark 40-storey office building in the heart of London's financial centre and is unlike any other ever conceived. Open House gives you the chance to explore this unique piece of modern city architecture.
Crossrail Liverpool Street construction site (Wilkinson Eyre Achitects)
Ever wonder exactly why the Underground is a builder's yard these days? Now's your chance! Grab your hard hat and explore the future Elizabeth line station at Liverpool Street. The station will link both Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations, improving accessibility.
Masonic Temple, Andaz Liverpool Street (Charles Barry)
This grade II listed grand Victorian railway hotel has been refurbished with stylish contemporary interiors. Now a Greek Masonic Temple dating back to 1912, the elaborate and extravagantly expensive marble and mahogany interior is unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Trinity House (Samuel Wyatt)
This excellent example of late Georgian architecture has been painstakingly reconstructed after its destruction by an incendiary bomb during the Blitz. Explore the restored glory of this fine Georgian House.
If you're looking for a place to rest your feet after exploring these marvels of architecture, look no further than...
Grange City Hotel
Grange City is a luxury hotel in London near the River Thames, commanding sweeping views over the Tower of London and the iconic Tower Bridge. Reflecting its historic City location, the hotel site incorporates the last remaining section of London’s Roman Wall – which stands undamaged from when it was originally patrolled by Roman sentries.
Apothecaries' Hall (Thomas Locke)
Apothecaries' Hall houses some of the best-preserved 17C livery hall interiors. Located on the site of the Blackfriars Priory, the original hall burnt down during the Great Fire of London 1666. Recently refurbished to greater grandeur, make the most of this fine old edifice thanks to the Open House programme.
St Paul's Cathedral - Triforium Tour (Sir Christopher Wren)
As part of Open House, you can enjoy the free Triforium Tour around St Paul's Cathedral. The tour includes Sir Christopher Wren's Great Model and other designs for the new Cathedral, the 18C library and the stunning view down the nave from the West Gallery.
Looking for rest and relaxation near the cathedral? We have another St Paul's you might be interested in...
Grange St Paul's Hotel
Nestled in the shadow of the mighty cathedral, Grange St Paul's offers a contemporary contrast to the classic structures nearby. This eclectic mix of old-meets-new is an example of what makes the London skyline so iconic.
King's College London, The Maughan Library (J Pennethorne and Sir John Taylor)
Did you know that the Maughan Library was London's first fireproof building? Built to house records of the Court of Chancery, the building is now a university library at King's College London.
Temple Church (Medieval)
13th Century architecture meets Wren's 17th Century refurbishments in this inspiring building, the Mother Church of the Common Law. This unique and ancient church currently features a fascinating Magna Carta exhibit.
Gesham College - Barnard's Inn Hall (unknown)
Barnard's Inn dates back to the mid 13th Century. The hall contains three wooden bays dating from the 15th Century, with later linenfold wood panelling added in the 1600s. This historical patchwork of a building offers a fascinating slice of styles over time. It was the Mercers' School and today is home to Gresham College.
To complete your time travel trip, take yourself to the modern affectations of...
The Grange Holborn Hotel is a sophisticated 5-Star hotel, located in the Midtown district between the City and London’s West End. Ideally located to explore the Open House venues in Bloomsbury and the surrounding area, take the chance to explore some of London's literary history through architecture.
Open House is a unique chance to see London like never before and is an event not to be missed. If you're planning a weekend away exploring the Capital, check into one of our Grange Hotels. Our hotels are always an open house, so come in and enjoy gorgeous architecture, delicious food and drink as well as the affordable luxury we're so proud to provide.