Open House Families is London’s brand new festival of architecture exclusively for children and their families, designed to inspire the next generation of city-shapers.


During the festival families can explore and admire incredible buildings and places throughout London alongside architects, engineers and artists.


Here are some highlights from this year's festival. We hope you can join us for next year's Open House Families.



About Open House Families

Festival activites


This year's Open House Families has been a huge success. Thank you so much to all of the artists, architects, engineers, festival partners and families who took part in the festival. Thank you too to all of the festival's sponsors for enabling Open House Families to take place. The sun shone over 50 hands-on workshops including craft and design activities, engineering experiments, architectural tours and storytelling sessions. Both children and adults had so much fun celebrating and learning about their city and how it is created.

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The festival

Open House Families is a free event that invites everyone to take part. This year saw hundreds of families attending events at locations across London including the National Gallery, The Royal Academy, the V&A, the British Library, RIBA, St Paul's Cathedral and many more extraordinary and exciting venus. Families also attended an array of amazing workshops at the festival's four main activity hubs including Gasholder park, Canary Wharf, Here East and 30 st Mary's Axe.

Please enjoy the photos of what has been a truly enjoyable, eventful and memorable weekend for all who took part.

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Get involved

Thank you to all of our partners: the architects, artists, engineers, industry experts, venues, volunteers and our sponsors who gave their time and enthusiasm to make this unique festival possible. If you would like to be involved in next year's festival please email

Illustration by Ailsa Cullens
Graphic Design by Scott Muirhead

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Featured Events


09 - 10 June 2018

Slicing the Gherkin

09 - 10 June 2018

A wonderful free event that delights in encouraging younger children and their families to develop their drawing and making skills, imagination and understanding of architecure within the stimulating environment of the City. 



Such an amazing turn out for Open House Families at Here East! Really exciting to inspire the next generation of engineers and architects.

Jennifer Agwunobi,


More Open House Famlies Events

There will be lots of free exciting Open House Families events taking place over the Open House Weekend (22 and 23 September) and so please keep an eye on these pages throughout August and September.  

This summer Open House Families is also celebrating the release of The House with a Clock in Its Walls starring Jack Black and Oscar-winner, Cate Blanchett. A magical adventure from the people who brought you iconic classics such as E.T., Back to the Future and The BFG, The House with a Clock in Its Walls tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart.  But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is released in UK cinemas on 21st September, watch the trailer!

Head out on your own magical adventure during Open House Weekend by exploring one of our own houses with a clock in their walls – take a picture of one of the fantastic clocks in an Open House venue and share on social media with the hashtag #OpenHouseWithAClock for your chance to win a private screening of the film for you and 30 friends. Download this amazing trail to find the clocks of Open House Weekend and the fascinating stories behind them. Click here for full terms and conditions.

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30 St Mary Axe, Canary Wharf Group, Kings Cross, Monopole,
Here East, Elliott Wood Partnership, City of London

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