The AJ takes a look at Open House London’s most visited buildings in the last five years
Battersea Power Station
It isn’t open this year but when Battersea Power Station opened to the public in 2013 it saw the most visitors of any building ever – a whopping 40,000. The queues went around the block with people queueing for more than five hours for the last chance to get inside the grade II*-listed building before work started on the £8 billion development.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street, SW1A 2AH
George Gilbert Scott’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is Open House’s second most popular building receiving a hit 14,923 visitors. The grade I-listed government office building features a richly decorated Durbar Court, a grand staircase and the India Office council chamber.
Visitors who want to avoid the crowds can register for fast-track ticket entry, here.
The Queen’s Walk, More London, SE1 2AA
Foster + Partners’ City Hall received more than 11,250 visitors back in 2010 making it Open House’s third most popular building. The £50 million scheme which completed in 2002 features a gentle ramp which winds its way up to the top of the building.
1 Horse Guards Road, SW1A 2HQ
These grade II*-listed government offices can see up to 8,500 visitors in an Open House weekend. Refurbished by Foster + Partners in 2002 the buildings were originally built in two phases between 1900 and 1917.
30 St Mary Axe
30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
Foster + Partners’ Stirling Prize-winning is always popular with Open House visitors and at its busiest saw 7,360 pass through its doors.
More than 7,550 visited Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ latest addition to the London skyline when it opened to visitors for the first time last year. Unfortunately if you didn’t join last year’s crowds you missed out as the building is not opening again for 2015.
Lloyds of London
71 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 4BS
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ futuristic office building is always popular on Open House weekend and queues can often be seen looping around the building’s footprint. The glass and steel structure has been known to receive more than 6,000 visitors in a weekend.
Revealed: Open House's most popular buildings