Open House: discover Elephant & Castle’s hidden spaces

Open House: discover Elephant & Castle’s hidden spaces

Ever wondered what was behind those huge wooden doors you pass every day on your way to the tube station? Or want to see what community projects are going on around you? Well, now’s your chance.

Call us nosy Brits, but doesn’t everyone enjoying taking a look around other people’s houses? A quick peek into someone else’s front room gives you a real insight into how other people live, and it’s a brilliant way to steal some style ideas.

And here’s how you can do it. Open House London, on 22-23 September, is a fantastic event where you get free entry to some of the capital’s best buildings and spaces.

Elephant & Castle and the surrounding area is throwing wide its doors as part of the event, giving you the chance to see what’s on your doorstep. Here’s a few highlights:

Former Newington Library, 10am-5pm, 22 Sept

This Grade II listed building was home to the public library from 1890, then housed the Cuming Museum from 1906 until it was damaged by fire in 2013.

Check out the exhibition of Walworth history, while other rooms can be explored by guided tour.

155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS

Lamlash Garden/Castle Place project, 11am-4pm, 23 Sept

Take a tour of the community-led schemes around Elephant & Castle, such as the Lamlash Garden – a reclaimed street turned community garden – plus the emerging Castle Place project that’s creating a community hub from a former industrial yard.

Lamlash Street, SE11 4SZ

99 John Ruskin Street, 22 Sept, 10am-5pm

Have a peek into someone else’s home to see what’s behind those closed doors. This Victorian garden flat has been transformed into a light, airy and spacious family house, thanks to some clever design tricks and an epic extension. Prepare to be wowed.

99 John Ruskin Street, SE5 0PQ

The Low Line, 22 Sept, 12 midday, pre-booking required

This emerging walking route along the base of the mighty Victorian rail viaducts in south London – featuring public spaces to meet and eat – links Waterloo and Bankside with London Bridge, Bermondsey and beyond.

Southwark Tube station, Blackfriars Road, SE1 8JZ