Open House London, 19-20th September, is an annual opportunity to take a peek inside the most exclusive and impressive properties in London. More than 700 public and private buildings are taking part across London, but that’s far too many to cover in one weekend so here are the top local offerings:
2 Willow Road NW3 1TH
Architect and designer, Ernö Goldfinger’s family home throws its door open to the public. Three to four floors of largely untouched Modernist design, featuring Goldfinger’s unique sliding and folding room dividers and his own modern art collection that includes works from Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Henry Moore and Bridget Riley.
33 Heath Hurst Road NW3 2RU
Bask in 3000sqft of Hampstead splendour. Just two years ago this Victorian property was sold as three separate flats, today it is a magnificent contemporary five-bedroomed home. Take a peek at how period features have been complemented by contemporary design.
58a Gondar Gardens NW6 1HG
This private garden flat has its heart in St Ives.
8a Belsize Court Garages NW3 5AJ
From 19th century coachman’s living quarters to award-winning architect’s studio, this mews house has seen a lot of change. Take a look yourself at its current incarnation and marvel as old meets new: from original timber panels and cobblestones to rooflights and dormers.
Burgh House NW3 1LT
This Grade I listed Queen Anne house holds a special place in Hampstead resident’s hearts. Original features, museum, art gallery, live music and a coffee house – what’s not to love?
Crafternoon at JW3 NW3 6ET
Open House isn’t just about feeding your property and architecture curiosity. Events such as Crafternoon, are there to awaken a passion for the life of a city. This event helps 2-9-year-olds develop their understanding of London.
Fenton House NW3 6SP
This stunning 17th century town house is home to Georgian furniture and needlework, a decorative arts collection and gardens – a must on your weekend tour.
Hampstead Friends Meeting House NW3 1DR
Take a wonderful wander around this listed Arts and Crafts building that was modernised in 1991.
Swiss Cottage Library NW3 3HA
A Basil Spence Modernist/Brutalist designed Grade II listed building that’s undergone remodeling and refurbishment of late.
The Coach House NW3 4LA
Victorian house retrofitted to reduce emissions and be eco-friendly. Decide for yourself if they have blended the high-tech, low-energy, heat-recovery gadgets successfully or if the home screams eco-build.
Christchurch with St Laurence NW6 7BG
See inside this Victorian Gothic church that has had two thirds of it converted into 20 flats.
London Underground – Bakerloo Tour NW6 6NL
This architectural tour will highlight the stations on the Bakerloo line southbound, stopping at Kilburn Park, Maida Vale, Warwick Avenue and Paddington stations.
Ruach City Church NW6 7HY
This Grade II listed cine-theatre has an Italian Renaissance-style interior and original Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ.
The Tin Tabernacle / Cambridge Hall NW6 5BA
A 1860s corrugated iron chapel has to be seen to be believed. Inside, it has been transformed into a ship with decks, portholes and a bridge.
Hampstead Garden Suburb Artisans’ Quarter Walk NW11 7AH
Guided walks highlight the well-kept gardens and Arts & Crafts cottages of this beautiful garden suburb.
Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church NW11 7AG
A Grade I listed church with Tuscan columns on high brick plinths. Simply stunning.
The aim of the weekend is to educate and excite. Open-City is a not-for-profit organisation that hopes that by promoting the architecture, history and beauty of London more people will develop a greater understanding and love for the city. As Hampstead residents, you have a wealth of open houses on your doorstep but if you fancy exploring further afield then visit Open House London 2015 to plan your weekend.
If you are not a Hampstead resident but would like to be, then why not pay a visit to Property Divas? We’re open till 2pm on Saturdays and would love to show you the wealth of beautiful properties we have on our doorstep.
Villa Caroisla (c) Hamish Par, Mint Street (c) Nedko Dimitrov, Open House London, Flickr.com/photos/wirewiping