Open House Events in the Chiswick Area This Weekend

Tours organised of Hogarth's House and Gunnersbury Park

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The London Open House weekend takes place across the capital over a weekend each September as part of a pan-European event. It provides public access, completely free of charge, to buildings of architectural and community interest across the Capital. This year it will take place on Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18.

The Gardens of Hogarth's House

The Gardens of Hogarth's House

Locally, there will be events at Hogarth's House and in Gunnersbury over the weekend plus tours of Bedford Park and around Turnham Green.

There will be an Open House at Hogarth's House on Saturday, 17 September from 1 pm until 4 pm. These tours will show areas usually closed to the public with each tour on the hour. Last entry is 4.35pm. Maximum six persons per tour

Two architect-led behind the Scenes at the Gunnersbury Park Restoration tours will run on Sunday, 18 September from 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. Meet outside the main park gates on Pope's Lane, W3.

There is also a Gunnersbury Park Landscape Tour on Sunday 18 September at 2pm to discuss the planned restoration of the park in 2016/17. The tour will give an insight into the future transformation of the heritage landscape which hosts over 20 listed features including an orangery, walled garden, bathhouse and the remnants of a horseshoe pond.

If you want to participate on any of the tours you must pre-book by email on as places are limited.

The South Acton Residents Action Group (SARAG) are leading a walk through Chiswick and Acton. The walk starts at the RIBA Award-winning Chiswick Business Park (Richard Rogers Partnership 2000) at noon on Saturday 17 September and 2.30pm on Sunday 18 September. Meet outside Building 3 for what is described as ' Ruskinian Walk Through Shared Heritage' which lasts for around two hours.

Other focal features are the polyglot resident-governed South Acton Estate - the birthplace of artist Patrick Caulfield - with its Children's Centre (Llowarch-Llowarch 2006) and resilient Willett’s Wall; mixed architectural styles - 19th, 20th, 21st Centuries; crossing the 'Stamford Brook' to view Woodlands Park Ice House; spotting the homes of William Willett - builder and originator of Daylight Saving Time - and Richard White, co-founder of the Law Society. For more information contact or phone 020 8993 2740 / 020 8992 8533.

Many buildings across the borough will be granting free entry on the weekend , many with guides and volunteers on hand to give information. In some cases this will include access to areas not usually open to the public.

Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital's building design and architecture. The organisers saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.

September 10, 2016

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