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Open House London 2013

September 3 2013

This year’s Open House London takes place during the weekend of September 21-22 with a huge choice of buildings and events on offer throughout the capital. Played in Britain has selected venues we think will particularly appeal to those interested in sporting heritage.

Some visits must be booked in advance. For full details on all venues and to pre-book see:


Erith Yacht Club, Anchor Bay, Manor Road, Erith DA8 2AD

Uniquely positioned clubhouse on the Thames floodplain built on pilings next to the last remaining salt marsh in London.

Sunday 12:00-17:00

Sporting Club Thamesmead, Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead SE28 8NJ

Regular architect led tours of a community focused facility opened in 2012 with sustainable features including rainwater harvesting, ground source heat pumps and a sedum roof.

Saturday and Sunday 10:00-17:00


Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 61 Meridian Way, Picketts Lock N9 0AR

A world-class indoor training facility, the only one of its kind in the south east, designed to be highly sustainable by David Morley Architects.

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30)


Eltham Lodge, Royal Blackheath Golf Club, Court Road SE9 5AF

Grade I listed house (originating in 1664) and home of Royal Blackheath, which claims to be the oldest golf club in the world, having formed in at least 1745 and possibly as early as 1603. The club moved to Eltham Lodge when it merged with Eltham Golf Club in 1923.

Tours: Sunday 10:00, 11:00, 12:00

Greenwich Yacht Club, Peartree Way SE10 0BW

A striking contemporary timber and aluminium yacht club, designed by architects Frankl + Luty and opened in 2000. Worth visiting also for its stunning views of the river, the O2 Arena and Thames Barrier.

Saturday and Sunday 13:00–16:00


Further beyond the Olympic Park – part 1

Walk down the River Lea from Hackney Wick to Three Mills, via the Olympic Park and Abbey Mills with Ralph Ward, east London regeneration expert and visiting professor at UEL, and Michael Owens, former head of Leaside Regeneration Partnership.

Pre-book only:
Saturday and Sunday 10.30-12.30
Meet at Prince Edward Road by The Hackney Pearl E9 5LX

Hackney Marshes Centre, off Homerton Road E9 5PF

Designed by Stanton Williams and opened in 2010 to cater for the hundreds of football players who turn out every weekend. RIBA, Civic Trust and Hackney Design Award Winner 2012.

Saturday 16:00 – 18:00, tours with project design director 16:00, 17:00

Hammersmith & Fulham

The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens SW6 3PR

Famous as a venue for polo, this is an 18th century mansion, which, since 1869, has been home to arguably London's most exclusive sports club. Beautiful house and 42 acres of grounds on the banks of the Thames, with bowling greens, croquet lawns, tennis courts and its own cricket ground.

Tours: Saturday 11:00, 15:00


Indoor Athletics Centre, Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

A world class indoor athletics facility designed by David Morley Architects with a particularly elegant roof structure.

Saturday and Sunday 11:00-16:00 (architect led tour Sunday 14:00)


Ironmonger Row Baths, 1 Norman Street EC1V 3AA

Stunning newly refurbished Grade II listed building with original features, Turkish baths and pool.

Saturday and Sunday 10:00-17:00


Forest Hill Pools, Dartmouth Road SE23 3HZ

A £10.6 million redevelopment of a Victorian swimming baths by Roberts Limbrick integrating the original facade into a contemporary building, including a striking zinc waved roof.

Saturday and Sunday 13:00 – 17:00, half hourly tours

The recently redeveloped Forest Hill Pools.

The recently redeveloped Forest Hill Pools. (© Simon Inglis)

Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 41 Loampit Vale SE13 7SN

A state of the art leisure centre with notable environmental credentials, a regional competition standard 8 lane pool and seating for 300 spectators.

Saturday and Sunday 13:00 – 17:00, half hourly tours


Mitcham Cricket Club Pavilion 4 Cricket Green, Mitcham CR4 4LA

A locally listed building which has been the club’s pavilion for over 100 years whilst cricket has been played on Mitcham Cricket Green for over 300 years.

Saturday 10:00-17:00


East Village London, E20 Celebration Avenue E20 1YY

Formerly the Olympic Village during the 2012 Games, East Village is a new neighbourhood for London with new homes, communal gardens, public squares, waterways and wetland. The brand new Chobham Academy and Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health Centre will also be open to view.

Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 16:00

FIT CITY Olympic Fringe Run Tour, Hackney Wick E9 5LX

Guided run with personal trainer Ade Aboaba and Michael Owens, former head of Leaside Regeneration Partnership. Explore the impact of London 2012 on regeneration in surrounding boroughs.

Pre-book only on
Saturday 10:00
Meet Hackney Wick E9 5LX

Further beyond the Olympic Park – part 2

Walk down the River Lea from Three Mills to Emirates cable car terminal at the Royal Docks exploring one of London’s less well known areas with Ralph Ward, east London regeneration expert and visiting professor at UEL, and Michael Owens, former head of Leaside Regeneration Partnership.

Pre-book only:
Saturday and Sunday 14:00
Meet House Mill, Three Mills E3 3DU

Lea Valley Drift, Stratford E15 1AZ

A varied and revealing walk in the Lower Lea Valley with Oliver Froome-Lewis and Chloe Street around the southern edges of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park through Stratford, Bromley by Bow, Fish Island and Hackney Wick, finishing at the Timber Lodge and Tumbling Bay playground in the north of the Park.

Pre-book only:
Saturday 10:00
Meet main entrance Stratford Station, Meridian Square E15 1AZ

Lower Lea Boat Tours hosted by London Legacy Development Corporation

A unique trip along the east London waterways to see the unfolding of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before its opening in spring 2014.

Pre-book only:
Saturday and Sunday 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
Meet Three Mills Lane, Bow E3 3DU

A glimpse of the Olympic Stadium at Old Ford Lock, on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

A glimpse of the Olympic Stadium at Old Ford Lock, on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (© Simon Inglis)

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park North walking tour

The largest new urban park to be developed in the UK for the last 100 years, transforming around 250 acres of contaminated land into rich and varied parklands with over 6,000 new trees and 25,000 wetland plants. Walk led by Phil Askew from the London Legacy Development Corporation and landscape architect David Thompson.

Sunday 11:00 and 13:00 Meet at Timber Lodge, QEOP North E20


The Pioneer Health Centre, St. Mary's Road, Peckham SE15 2EE

Described by Walter Gropius as 'an oasis of glass in a desert of brick' this Grade II* listed Modernist building by Sir E Owen Williams is of interest to sports historians owing to its central swimming pool and the experimental ethos of its founders, as featured in Great Lengths. Because the centre is now occupied by private flats, Open House is a great opportunity to peek inside and relive the optimism of its 1930s social and medical pioneers.

Sunday 10:00–14:00, tours on the hour, last tour 13:00


National Tennis Centre Sports Canopy, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton SW15 5JQ

The world’s first composite demountable air-beam canopy in the sports sector, spanning 42 metres, designed by George Stowell. An inspirational and clutter-free playing environment which also meets strict local planning policy on Metropolitan Open Land.

Saturday 10:00–17:00, last tour 16:30 (architect-led)

Tooting Lido, Tooting Bec Road SW16 1RU

Opened in 1906 and rebuilt in 1936, this colourful parkland lido is breathtakingly massive, said to be the largest outdoor pool in Europe. A new Art Deco style entrance was added in 2001 by WM Architects.

Saturday and Sunday 10:00–15:00 tours


The Hub - Regent's Park Sports Pavilion, Outer Circle NW1 5HA

Another innovative sports building by David Morley Architects, The Hub is a welcome departure from the usual pavilion design, being a circular glass and steel building, partially submerged and covered by sloping turf, yet still offering all round views of the park.

Saturday and Sunday 09:00–17:00

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