London Open House 2009

Hi everyone, my name is Joe and I’m honoured to be writing for the Camberwell
Online blog post in Peter’s absence.

This year’s London Open House will be held on the weekend of the 19th-20th of September throughout London and, once again, there are several buildings in Camberwell opening their doors for the public to view.

If you’re not familiar with Open House it is an annual architectural and design event, providing the general public with the opportunity to explore a diverse range of buildings of architectural interest in the capital which are not normally open to the public. Access to hundreds of buildings both public and private is free, although admission to some of the more popular locations does require pre-booking.

I really enjoy Open House and have seen many fantastic buildings throughout London including several local flats and houses. I would encourage anyone to take an interest and, with this in mind, I have put together a list of local locations participating in the event. In compiling the list I was a little disappointed to see that the Salvation Army building opposite Denmark Hill train station does not seem to be taking part this year, they usually provide access to their tower which, providing you can climb the ladders, offers fantastic panoramic views across London. I actually think there are less local participants this year although I’m happy to be corrected on that one.

Locations in SE5

There is also a tour and talk at the South London Gallery apparently, although I have not been able to find a link to this on the Open House website.

UPDATE: I found a link on Facebook to the Open House event at the SLG:

Find out more about the SLG’s expansion project as well as its history in these special ‘hard hat’ tours. Acclaimed architectural practice 6a will outline their plans for the neighbouring terraced house and a new extension behind the original building.

Booking recommended on 020 7703 6120. Part of Open House 2009.

Locations Local to SE5

I’ll be interested to hear reports from anyone who visits any of these buildings, you could also post any photos to the Camberwell SE5 Flickr account.