Join us for the annual London-wide architecture festival Open House with expert-led guided tours, drop-in artist workshops and the final day of the exhibition 'Catch your Breath'
Explore Denys Lasdun's RCP
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is one of London’s most important and provocative buildings. Designed by British architect Sir Denys Lasdun (1914-2001), the building is set amongst the Regency terraces of Regent’s Park – one of only ten Grade I listed post-war buildings in England.
The Regent’s Park building was commissioned in 1959 and opened in 1964. It is the RCP’s fifth home since foundation in 1518. In 1992 Lasdun was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Trustees Medal in recognition of his work at the RCP, considered to be ‘the best architecture of its time anywhere in the world’.
The Royal College of Physicians' garden contains 1000 species of plants all with links to medicine. The myriad stories they tell come from diverse cultures, different countries and from every age in recorded history. The beautifully designed garden is a wonderfully calm space in the centre of London. The medicinal garden will be open throughout the day to Open House visitors with continous tours by RCP garden fellows.
The expertise, the excellent guided tours, the exhibitions, the gardens, the volunteers who were wonderfully welcoming, enthusiastic, friendly and so so helpful. A wonderful informative and enlightening afternoon! Thank you all so much.
Expert-led, guided tours of the building will run on the hour and last approximately 60 minutes covering the intertwined history and architecture of the RCP. Guided tours are free and pre-book only. Tours will include the exterior and interiors of the building involving a fair amount of walking and several flights of stairs. Additional multimedia guides are available from the registration desk for self-guided tours.
British Sign Language (BSL) guided tour
Deaf architect, Martin Glover will lead a BSL tour of the RCP at 3.30pm. This tour will be led in BSL only, please only book if you are deaf of hard of hearing. Pre-book only, places are limited. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this tour via: email@example.com
The guide was so passionate about the building and the history that he made us love it as well.
Catch your Breath! Artist workshops
Join artist Jayne Wilton to explore several printmaking techniques used in her work using clay, ink and printing to record traces of your breath. Throughout the day visitors will have the opportunity to drop into the open studio and record their breath in both 3D and 2D using print making processes and clay modelling.
About Open House
Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.
Open House was founded in London in 1992 and its ethos remains the same as it was then: Giving free access to London’s best buildings as a way of inspiring the public about the benefits of great design.
The RCP is fully wheelchair accessible. Lifts and ramps are available in the building and medicinal garden. There is a glass lift in the main foyer, please ask reception staff for assistance. There is seating available on all floors of the building and in the garden.
Please note the RCP will be open for Open House on Saturday 21 September only - We are not open on Sunday 22 September.
Please see the Open House booking page for our FAQs.