Visit Open House

8 September 2017

Written by: Lambeth Council

Arts, culture and events

Lambeth was one of just four London boroughs that took part in the first Open House weekend 25 years ago. This year’s Lambeth star buildings opening their doors to the public for free visits range from 800-year old Lambeth Palace to brand-new affordable housing in Sail Street.

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Open House 2017

Star buildings in Lambeth that will open their doors to the public on 16 and 17 Sepember include:

Christ Church Streatham

Grade 1 listed, with pioneering multi-coloured bricks and multicultural influences.

Brixton Windmill 

A reminder of Brixton’s rural past, restored to working order in 2011.

Clapham Library

Opened 2012, with a spiral theme allows multiple use, but feels like one space to emphasise sense of community.

Clapham Old Town and Venn Street

Two-hour guided walk through streets radically redesigned (in partnership with Lambeth Council) to favour pedestrians and cyclists.


Curator-led tours of West Norwood museum devoted to accurate timekeeping from the Victorian era to the 1970s.

Edible Bus Stop studios 

Arch 511 is a former garage using reclaimed materials to create a workshop for urban gardeners.

15b Herne Hill Road

Reclaimed and unusual materials define a new living space in the roof of Victorian terraced house.

The Old Vic

Georgian exterior (1818) and restored Victorian interior. Only London theatre of its time still open.

Pullman Court 

Grade 2 listed mid-1930s modernism in Streatham Hill.


The dance company’s home includes state of the art facilities for the creation of new choreography and music. RIBA National Award winner 2014.

Royal Festival Hall

The SouthBank complex is Key British modernism. The Festival Hall, built for 1951 Festival of Britain, is a Grade 1 listed working public building.

Sail Street 

New for 2017 – homes for first-time buyers from Pocket Living.

Southbank Place 

Start at developer’s site office for two-hour tour of the former Shell centre 5.25 acre redevelopment site.  Pre-book only with SouthbankPlace in subject line of booking email.

South London Botanical Institute

Victorian villa hardly changed inside since SLBI founded in 1910. Bespoke period wallpaper designed to reflect the founder’s plant collection

West Norwood Cemetery

90 minute tours starting 2, 2.30 and 3pm – opened 1937, includes monuments to famous Victorians and Greek chapel (1872)

For more information

Contact Open House for a detailed guide to the opening times, architects and what to look for in Open House buildings all over London.

Use the search engine on the Open House information page to search for buildings by borough, by style and period, or for the job buildings ‘do’ – eg  schools, homes, offices,  factories and more.