Open House London this weekend

EventsThis year’s Open House event continues to showcase the capitals vast and varied architectural heritage.

Hundreds of buildings usually closed or restricted to the public will be free to visit this weekend in a city-wide celebration of the rich design talent that has helped shaped London into the diverse city it is today.

Local open venues include National Trust property Ham House. Built in 1620 for Sir Thomas Vavasour (Knight Marshal to James I) the building is said to be haunted by the Duchess of Lauderdale and her dog. Notable features are the famous cherry garden and rooms with mahogany chairs, gilt pier-glasses, tables and tapestries.

Grade II Listed Normansfield Theatre will be open for tours as will Teddington School (Saturday only), having just re-opened after completing a multi-million pound development.

Other nearby open buildings this weekend include Garricks Temple (Hampton), Hampton Court Palace (guided tours 10:30am-4pm), Marble Hill & York House (Twickenham) and the list isn’t just limited to older historic buildings, you can also visit locations such as Fieldend houses to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of this Span Estate.

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