Open House London 2016 – top five council estates to visit

The queue for Battersea Power Station Open House

Picture by SheepRUs

Can you believe it’s that time of year again, Open House London 2015 is just around the corner!

It takes place over the weekend of 19/20 September and I’m sure most of you will have your weekend carefully planned by now. However, if you have any spare time go and visit one or two of these council estates.

Peabody Whitechapel Estate

John Fisher St, E1 8HA

(Note: open Saturday only)

Number one on my list this year is this East End estate whose newest addition, an unassuming housing block designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects on an infill site, has been shortlisted for the 2015 Stirling Prize. A further six Victorian blocks, designed by Henry Astley Darbishire, also sit on the site.

Peabody Whitechapel by Nick Kane

Cressingham Gardens

Tulse Hill, SW2, 2QN

The battle to save this lovely estate in south London is ongoing. A beautiful low-rise mix of maisonettes, houses and flats interspersed with plenty of green spaces. It’s the usual London dialogue – the council wants to redevelop it (it’s too low density, etc etc), the locals want to stay. Show your support and go visit!

Cressingham Gardens estate map


8 Stoneleigh Terrace (Highgate New Town, Stage 1)

N19 5TY

(Note: hourly tours planned for Sunday)

A rare chance to see inside one of these flats in Highgate, designed by the Camden’s architects’ department.

Priory Green Estate

Hugh Cubitt House, 48 Collier St, N1 9QZ

(Note: open Saturday only, first come first serve basis)

If you like modernism and dream of living in one of Lubetkin’s creations, get yourself down to the Priory Green Estate. An excellent example of his work, and there’s plenty of other Open House buildings to see in nearby King’s Cross.

Priory Green Estate by Andrea Klettner

Trellick Tower

5 Golborne Rd, W10 5UT

(Note: open Sunday only and you must pre-book a tour)

Ah that glorious beast of brutalism is back and I’m sure it will be more popular than ever. Make sure you book a place, it’s well worth a visit.

Trellick Tower by Andrea Klettner


And last but not least, make a stop at the Mobile Museum. An awesome art project by Verity-Jane Keefe.

On Saturday the Mobile Museum will be at the Valence House Museum in Becontree Estate (in itself worth a visit!) and Sunday you can see it at Barking Town Square.

Mobile Museum by Verity-Jane Keefe

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