Celebrate Open House at 66 Portland Place with a series of free activities and guided tours for children and adults.
Image: Guided tour of 66 Portland Place
For Open House we are opening up our headquarters for guided tours to reveal secret spaces normally closed to the public, and our curators will take visitors round the exhibition‘Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith'. Drop in and see items from our collections normally kept in stores for conservation reasons, featuring some of the popular destinations for Open House.
Families can come and enjoy the views from the top of 66 Portland Place and design their own London skyline using spaghetti and marshmallows and even create a London skyline hat.
All events are free, but tours of the building and exhibition are on a first come, first served basis, other events are drop-in. As well as these special activities, our café, Library and bookshop will be open as normal.
Image: Workshop at 66 Portland Place
Guided tours of the RIBA’s headquarters
(duration: 60 minutes)
11.30am and 1.30pm
On these building tours get to see some of our secret spaces and private views of our stunning Art Deco headquarters. Numbers are limited, first come, first served – registration on arrival.
Roofscape, Whitby, North Yorkshire, 1959.
© Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Curator-led exhibition tours
(duration: 45 minutes)
12.30pm and 2.30pm
Curator-led tours of the RIBA Architecture Gallery and exhibition 'Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith'. Numbers are limited, first come, first served – registration on arrival.
‘Build a Skyline’ family workshop
11am to 4pm
Families can come and enjoy the views from the top of 66 Portland Place and design their own London skyline using spaghetti and marshmallows and even create a London skyline hat. Suitable for all ages and all materials provided. Drop-in, no booking required.
11am to 4pm
Normally not on public view, we bring out original drawings, models and photographs from our architectural collections. See some Open House favourites, including Battersea Power Station and the Houses of Parliament. Drop-in, no booking required.