Open City
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Good design has a massive impact on the quality of our lives. Open-City is a unique, independent organisation committed to raising the standard for London’s architecture and built environment by opening people’s eyes and minds to good design – through debate, dialogue, learning and direct experience of excellent spaces and places.

With a basis of experience, expertise and research built up over a decade and a half, Open-City encourages Londoners to explore and re-examine their city, to debate how architecture affects their daily lives, and to discover and appreciate how they can really influence change in the built environment.

Our programmes are shaped by our three main target audiences:

Engaging the general public – opening doors for all Londoners to experience and learn about the architecture of the capital’s most interesting and significant landmarks.

Learning for young Londoners – providing architectural education for students in London’s schools; involving London’s young people in the design of spaces and places.

Advocating good design amongst decision-makers – working with local authority officers and councillors, regeneration professionals and developers to advocate for good design throughout the city. This includes policy and decision making related to art in public spaces.

Venue Type:

Architecture centre

Opening hours

We are not open to the public

Admission charges


Additional info

Public architecture festivals including Open House London Weekend - and Archikids Weekend -

Green Sky Thinking Week - a series of week long events for built environment and property professionals showcasing sustainable design solutions. For more information - or contact Special Projects Manager - Katie Darling

Open-City's Education Team offer free annual programmes for primary and secondary school students to inspire young people to explore our city through its buildings, equipping them with creative skills that support learning in and out of the classroom. For more information - or contact Zoe Zotou, Education Projects Coordinator for further details -

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Archikids Club

A website full of architectural games, facts and activities for children.

18 Ensign Street
Greater London
E1 8JD





General number

0203 006 7008



0207 383 5722

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.