Covid-19 Appeal

Can you help fight the impact of Covid-19 and protect the work of Open City?

 

For three decades Open City has staged the extraordinary Open House festival every September opening the doors of amazing buildings all over London for hundreds of thousands of people to explore and enjoy for free. We have also created unique design-led education for children and young people from deprived backgrounds and with special educational needs across the city. We estimate that since Open City was founded, around 2.8 million people have come to the Open House festival and tens of thousands of children have benefited from our workshops and learning programmes.

 

However, as a charity, we have always funded our work with income we earn from running events throughout the year, and as society takes important steps to defeat the coronavirus, we have been hard hit by the lockdown which has stopped almost all our sources of income. 

Open City is not a big organisation. We don’t receive central government grants or statutory funding but nonetheless do amazing things with modest resources. We have a tiny staff team supported by tireless volunteers but making the Open House festival happen every year, and delivering educational projects in communities on the ground is a huge undertaking. Right now our staff are working around the clock finding new ways to continue supporting the communities who rely on our learning programmes throughout the lockdown. We are creating new online and mail-order educational activities to ensure nobody is deprived of a holistic education due to the pandemic, and devising inventive ways to celebrate London’s unique landscape for all whatever Corvid-19 throws at us. But we can’t do it alone.

 

In the past, we have rarely asked you directly for financial support and have done everything we can to keep Open House free for all, but in this crisis, we now need your help. If you believe in our work and can afford to contribute a small monthly donation, please act now to become an Open House Friend. You can read more about the great rewards we are creating to say thank you to everyone who donates below.


We understand that incomes are being hit across society by the virus, and that not everybody is in a position to give to charity at this time, but if just 1% of the people who come to Open House every year gave a small donation each month, it would safeguard Open City, guaranteeing the future of the free Open House festival and the critical work we do with disadvantaged young people across London.

 

Thank you. Together we can ensure the future of London is open to all.

Can you stand by us at this difficult time?

Rewards

As a thank you for supporting our work we are creating new rewards including special events and gifts for all Open House friends

£5 a Month

Open House Silver Key badge 

Annual gift from Open House

A discount on all our ticketed events

Free Friends events throughout the year

Click here to donate £5 a month

£10 a Month

Open House Silver Key badge 

Annual gift from Open House

A discount on all our ticketed events

Free Friends events throughout the year

Earlybird Open House book delivered to your door

Click here to donate £10 a month

£25 a month

Open House Silver Key badge 

Annual gift from Open House

A discount on all our ticketed events

Free Open House Friends events throughout the year

Earlybird Open House book delivered to your door

Special Open House perks on Open House weekends including Friends-only visiting hours for select buildings

Click here to donate £25 a month

One off Donations

If you would prefer to support our work with a one off donation please visit our one off donations page.

Benefactor

If you are interested in other forms of charitable giving such as leaving a gift in your will or becoming a Benefactor, please click here to find out more, or alternatively please do get in touch

International Friends 

For our Friends who aren't based in the UK but would still like to donate and be a Friend, please click through to see about paying in euros.