What is Open House London?

Open House London is an annual festival celebrating London’s housing, architecture and neighbourhoods. This year, the festival will take place from 8-21 September with a wide range of events and tours taking place across all 33 London boroughs. All the festival events are free.

This is your perfect opportunity to get to know London and the local Hounslow area!

With 365,000 visits in a single weekend, the Open House Festival is the largest celebration of urban landscape in the world. 2021 marks the 30th year of this extraordinary event. Staged by the charity Open City with the aim of making London a more accessible, equitable, and open city for all. For the full details, visit the Open House website Or view the calendar of events taking place across London calendar of events

This year the festival is bigger and bolder than ever and has extended from a single weekend to two weeks; so plenty of opportunities to explore and see something new.

How is Hounslow getting involved?

The London Borough of Hounslow is a vibrant, exciting place to visit, stay, and explore for local residents and visitors. We have historical houses, a growing arts scene, miles of rivers, canals, nature reserves, bustling town centres, a fantastic leisure offering, and much more. 

With over 35 events taking place in Hounslow alone, Open House is your opportunity to engage and explore!

What Open House events are happening in Hounslow?

8-21 September 5pm-8pm: APO Kew Bridge (FREE EVENT)

This is a community-driven development fulfilling the burgeoning demand for urban renting. With bespoke dwellings, onsite team and amenities to meet a variety of needs, it’s not just a home but a complete hub of urban activity.

8 September 7.15pm-8.45pm: Isleworth Public Hall – Tour and History Talk (FREE EVENT)

A tour of and history talk about this well-executed and colourfully-detailed example of a mid-C19 Reading Room which survives in a little-altered condition.

10 September 10am-5pm: Visit Brentford Library (FREE EVENT)

Built by Joseph Dorey & Co for Brentford District Council and funded by Andrew Carnegie, the 1904 building is uniquely attractive with terracotta dressings and decorative turrets.
Visitors can arrive at any time during the opening hours. There may be queues at busy times.

10 September 11am4pm: The Victorian Society (FREE EVENT)

Part of the original Bedford Park development restored by the Victorian Society and used as their headquarters since the 1970s. The Society is now one of the National Amenity Societies, with a prominent and highly respected role campaigning for the Historic Environment and a statutory involvement in heritage protection. The house is described as: Picturesque style; 3-storeys, Red and yellow brick; Dutch gable; oriel windows. Dated 1880.

10 – 11 September 10.30am-4pm: Visit Kempton Steam Museum (FREE EVENT)

Kempton Steam Museum is home to the world’s largest working triple-expansion steam engine. It stands as high as four stacked double-decker buses and along with its identical twin, pumped vast volumes of London’s drinking water from 1929 to 1980.

To see the full calendar of events, visit the Open House website where you can also explore a map of events.