Some of Newham’s most striking historical locations and notable newer buildings will offer a rare opportunity to see inside during Open House this September.
Also on offer is a chance to look at the exciting vision for Newham’s future with a tour showing how, nearly ten years on from London 2012 the Olympic Legacy Masterplan will create thousands of new homes, jobs and opportunities for Newham’s residents.
Other destinations included in the Open House programme – which is supported by Newham Council - include Millennium Mills, located at Royal Docks - London’s only enterprise Zone, Abbey Mill pumping station on Abbey Lane in West Ham built between 1865 and 1868 by Joseph Bazalgette, and St Mary Magdalene, a beautiful Grade 1 listed Norman church in East Ham.
Cllr Gen Kitchen, Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Wealth Building Inclusive Economy and Air Quality said: “I am delighted to welcome Open House to Newham. This borough has such rich culture, architecture and history on our door step. Open House provides residents and tourists the opportunity to sneak behind the doors ordinarily closed. Please join me on foot, cycling and by public transport exploring our shared heritage, safely and COVID securely. While you’re visiting please also show our small business and local community some love too. “
Now in its 30th year, London’s Open House Festival, celebrates the rich and varied architecture and landscape of our capital city, and will take place from the 4th – 12th September 2021.
Sian Milliner, Head of Open House Festival, said: “The coming year is critical for London. Having taken important steps to defeat Covid, it is imperative we are now equally ambitious in the actions we take to rebuild the economy and civic life. Following the vaccination rollout, the 2021 Open House Festival will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the reopening of cultural life across the capital with a hybrid programme of in-person, outdoor and online events.”
Themes for 2021
Local London will explore community buildings, libraries, local arts, pubs and community public realm, giving Londoners an opportunity to show their pride in the areas and institutions that have influenced their communities
Global London will explore global architects, global arts and culture as well as globally influencing urban design, allowing an opportunity to put London into the wider cultural landscape of global cities and design
Architecture and Wellbeing will promote mental health and wellbeing with visits to mindful architecture and quiet tours exploring off the beaten track and undiscovered areas. Taking advantage of experimental event formats to engage with the city in new ways
This year’s event will also be exploring ideas around architecture and food as well as architecture and education to celebrate the reopening of the hospitality industry and the importance of London’s educational sites that have been missed during the pandemic.
Full listings for the festival are available now on the Open House website, including details of all the free tours, talks and performances available to book in Newham. This is a unique opportunity to discover and explore the borough further, with the opportunity to participate in guided tours of some of the most exciting regeneration and developments taking place in the city, right here in Newham.
There are tours and talks about the Olympic Legacy Masterplan, with the opportunity to find out more about upcoming developments such as the launch of East Bank in 2022, as a new cultural and educational hub within the city, with the arrival of the London College of Fashion, V&A East and the new BBC studios to be home to the world famous BBC Symphony Orchestra. Or take the opportunity to explore hidden architectural gems, such as the