September 22nd/23rd - Open House London 2012 This year’s theme for Open House London ‘The Changing Face of London’ explores issues that are relevant to local communities and how the built environment is evolving – including the design of homes, the impact of climate change, the role of architects and contemporary design in revitalising places and above all showing how good design can make London a more liveable, vibrant and enjoyable city.

It will be a unique opportunity to see, explore and learn about London’s amazing architecture and design over 48 hours. More than 750 buildings of all kinds will open their doors, alongside a programme of neighbourhood walks, engineering and landscape tours, night-time openings, urban jogs and experts’ talks – all for free.

Highlights to include:

  • • Iconic landmarks and towers including 30 St Mary Axe (aka the Gherkin), Heron Tower and Tower 42
  • • London’s infrastructure revealed with the Institution of Civil Engineers - including rides on the new Emirates Airline cable car, boat tours to the Thames Barrier and the Hoo Peninsula, engineering walks and site   visits to major construction and engineering sites
  • • East London Transformation – discover all about the transformation of East London and the Lea Valley with expert-led events showcasing the regeneration of areas surrounding the Olympic Park.
  • • Nearly 50 projects with Landscape at their heart with the Landscape Institute – including the newly landscaped Granary/King’s Cross and Leicester Square, and the vast green roofs and insect hotel at 20 Triton Street
  • • Several open Embassies with the British Council’s International Architecture and Design Showcase
  • • Showcase of 100 private homes, Architects' homes and groundbreaking housing developments – from contemporary award-winners to vintage 50s and 60s designs
  • • Eco, zero carbon and retrofit buildings, with the chance to talk to experts, see measures in action and discover how you can implement changes in your own home
  • • Win a weekend stay at the 5* Hempel Hotel, London’s premier boutique hotel
  • • Speak with planners, architects and engineers on how they create successful buildings and cities
  • • Maggie’s and Open House London Night Hike on Friday 21st September – a moonlit walk through London with the opportunity to see Open House architecture and raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres
  • • Special events and openings on Saturday night including evening film screenings at the Haggerston ‘I was here’ event and Midnight Apothecary: Liquid Engineering, cocktails with a difference at the Brunel Museum
  • • Activities for kids and families, from architectural model-making to quiz trails
  • • 20 years of Open House celebrated with special hardback book, published by Ebury Press and in major bookshops from 16 August, giving an insight into 100 Open House buildings; plus the Open House Memory Bank on facebook
Full details of buildings and events will be published in the 2012 Guide (available from 16 August) and can be ordered online at