Open House returns to London on September 16th and 17th. Here are my East London highlights. I’ve chosen most close to home as I hope to visit all of these. But if I only make it to Wilton’s Music Hall I’ll be happy.
The oldest music hall in London to survive in its original form, complete with papier-mâché balconies, barley sugar iron columns and unique atmosphere. Wilton’s is the oldest surviving music hall in the world. Here in the 1860s, classical overtures, opera and operetta, choral, contemporary and folk songs were enormously popular, long before ‘old time music hall’ evolved. It is still a hall with fine acoustics and a place to appreciate music, drama, and the story of music hall and Victorian life.
The first new building to open for Crossrail. Located above the new station, the garden showcases unusual plants from across the globe, encased beneath an intricate lattice roof – Designed by Fosters + Partners.
One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5AB
Dennis Severs House – Originally part of the St John’s and Tillards Estate, when Folgate street was known as White Lion Street. The house retains its panelled interior and staircase of 1724, and was altered in the early 19C.
18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX
And if only for a coffee…The Barge House – A bijoux venue with Canal Side Bar, Mezzanine & Lounge. On site of an ex-print house, double height ceilings, natural wood interiors are contrast with heavy industrial steel work to create an impressive contemporary environment.
46a DeBeauvoir Crescent, N1 5RY
About Open House – Now in its silver anniversary year, Open House London is a city-wide celebration of the buildings, places, and neighbourhoods where we live, work and play.
The initiative is a simple but powerful concept: for one weekend in September hundreds of great buildings of all types and periods open their doors to all, completely for free. Each year a quarter of a million people take the opportunity to get out and get under the skin of London’s amazing architecture.