The 2020 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2021 programme mid August 2021
Royal College of Physicians
Senate House, Malet Street
Itinerary created by Open House Volunteer, Rick Smith
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrew’s Place, London NW1 4LE
One of London's most important and provocative post-war Grade I listed buildings set amongst the Regency terraces of Regent’s Park. It’s white mosaic exterior with distinct modernist lines draws visitors in to dramatic interior spaces.
Walk away from the building along St Andrew’s Place then turn left. Carry on until you reach Euston Road, then turn left. Just past the (former) church turn left then first right into Regent’s Place
Walking time 6 minutes
Regents Place, London NW1 3BF
A 13 acre site north of the Euston Road, the site has been owned by British Land for 20 years and was formerly part of the Crown Estate. Much of the site has been redeveloped for a mixed use, mainly commercial development but including a theatre, event space, with two new stylish office blocks in Triton Street, and major public realm improvements with the creation of a pedestrian route close to the Euston Road and excellent artwork by Carmody Groarke, Gary Webb and others. The original masterplan and first new buildings are by Terry Farrell, with later buildings by Wilkinson Eyre and Sheppard Robson.
Leave Regent’s Place towards the south. When you get to Euston Road turn right. Cross the road just before Great Portland Street underground station then bear left down Cleveland Street Your destination is a few minutes’ walk down here, on the corner of Maple Street – though you’ll need to look up to appreciate it!
Walking time 7 minutes
BT Tower, 45 Maple Street, London W1T 4BG
An enduring, distinctive feature of the London skyline for the last 54 years, this is a rare opportunity for members of the public to visit the famous revolving floor, 158m above the capital.
Walk along Maple Street – it crosses Tottenham Court Road and becomes University Street – keep going to the end and turn right into Gower Street. Take the next turn on the left (Torrington Place) then first right into Malet Street. Your destination is on the left just before the end of the street.
Walking time 13 minutes
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
London’s tallest secular building when it opened as the HQ of the University of London and home to the Ministry of Information during WWII, this Grade II* listed landmark features Classicism and Art Deco elements.
Leave Senate House by the far side from where you arrived, carry on until you reach Russell Square. Head for the far left corner of the square (follow signposts to the underground station if unclear) and take the road along the side of the large hotel (the Kimpton Fitzroy, formerly the Russell). Continue past the station, the entrance to the Brunswick Centre is a little beyond, on the left.
Walking time 8 minutes
Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1BS
The Brunswick Centre was designed by Patrick Hodgkinson in the mid-1960s, based on studies by Leslie Martin. It was initially planned as a private development at a time when private, mixed-use development in the UK was rare. Building started in 1967 and was completed in 1972, though the building fell some way short of its intended size. The original plan extended up to Euston Road but the Ministry of Defence would not release the site of a building they leased for use by the Territorial Army.