Open House

When and where

17 September 2017
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE

Past event

Open House

Join Open House London's city-wide celebrations and explore the Royal College of Physicians' Grade I listed building, an acclaimed modernist masterpiece and one of the capital’s most important and provocative examples of post-war architecture.

Open access Sunday 17 September

Explore 500 years of history at England's oldest medical college, experience historical and ceremonial spaces, consult an ancient library, see a stunning portrait-lined marble staircase hall, and enter a secret 17th-century oak panelled room – all set inside a radically modern concrete and glass building.

Dramatic interior spaces and white mosaic exterior elevated on piloti. Grade I listed and one of London's most important post-war buildings.

Designed by Sir Denis Lasdun (1914–2001), the building has been the home of the Royal College of Physicians since 1964. It sits alongside the elegant 19th-century terraces of Regent’s Park and earned Lasdun the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Trustees Medal, for a design considered at the time to be ‘the best architecture of its time anywhere in the world’.

Original architectural documents will be on view, as well as our current temporary exhibition about physician, writer and polymath Sir Thomas Browne.

Visiting information

Open access to public rooms will be available on Sunday 17 September only, between 09.15 - 17.00

Hour long professionally-led tours of the entire building will run throughout the day on Sunday 17 September, between 09.30 and 16.30. Please note tour numbers are limited.

Architecture tour and talk

Hear from architectural historian, Dr Barnabas Calder about RCP architect Sir Denys Lasdun with a specialist architecture tour and talk.

Tour: 13.00 - 14.00 *fully booked. Pre-booked visitors register at reception.

Talk: 14.15 - 14.45 'Brutalism and energy: Sir Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians', no booking required.

Medicinal garden tours

Join our experts in the RCP garden for free medicinal garden tours which will run throughout the day. No booking required, just join a continous tour.

Facilities: toilets, disabled access, pop-up cafe, bookshop

Plan your visit including accessibility information.

Book a tour

Reserve your tour place or access to the building now by using the booking system via Eventbrite.


Tours and talk

09.30 - 10.30 building tour *fully booked

10.30 - 11.30 building tour

11.30 - 12.30 building tour

12.30 - 13.30 building tour

*13.00 - 14.00 architecture tour with Dr Barnabas Calder *fully booked

*14.15 - 14.45 free talk: 'Brutalism and energy: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians' Dr Barnabas Calder

13.30 - 14.30 building tour

14.30 - 15.30 building tour

15.30 - 16.30 building tour

Medicinal garden tours: continuous throughout the day