We’ve been fond of London Open House for over 12 years; with children or without, it makes a very special weekend of architecture and artistic treats, all free and mostly gems not open to the public on regular basis. And given our addiction over the years, we thought we’d update this post with an Open House London guide with kids.
And in the last 4 years, we had an extensive and ambitious wishlists.
As long as you’re ready to go with the flow, even at historical house, glam clubs and governmental buildings the Open House volunteers have been graceful with our cheeky monkeys, entertained them with tales, experiments and games and even allowed them to sit at the Common Wealth table!
In 2017 our kids were 4 years old and 17 months, so picked strategically venues with outside space, where the energetic (and very often unreasonable) toddler can run some steam off with the father whilst the 4 years old and I can soak in some history.
It worked well, and London Open House 2017 included for us Chiswick House, Hurlingham Club, House of St Barnabas, and the Royal Court of Justice.
(iii) Hampton Court Gardens needs little introduction. Part of the Open House – they make a stunning day out plus there’s tours and various activities for the occasion.
In Kensington our Open house London guide with kids favourites are (iv) Leighton House,
(v) Kensington Roof Gardens (unfortunately closed down earlier in 2018)
Kensington Roof Gardens (unfortunately closed down earlier 2018)
and if the weather is unreliable (vi) National Army Museum – new, very educational and interactive.
Kids could design at NAM outfits, drive tanks, have a taste of soldier life – marching, taking orders, organising food provisions and cooking. There’s also a playbase area which is very cool – book in advance as weekend slots are very popular.
(vii) Kew Gardens are also hosting for the occasion tours and talks – just be mindful you either need to be a member or pay the usual Garden ticket for the day.
There’s also Open House Junior collection – which has an extensive plan for the weekend for the kids. The perfect consolations for the wet dark week-end of September 22nd and 23rd in 2018, the Open House London guide with kids!