Open House London 2018

When and where

22 September 2018

Past event

Open House London 2018

The RCP is once again participating in Open House London, the world’s largest architecture festival, by giving the public free access to its modernist, Grade I listed headquarters on Regent's Park. 

Entrance to RCP's Regent's Park HQ

Open House London

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 London started in 1992 and 25 years later still carries the same ethos: Giving free access to London’s best buildings to inspire the public about the benefits of great design. 

Lasdun’s Modernist Masterpiece

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.

2018 is a historic time to visit the RCP which celebrates its 500th anniversary this year since its founding by Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1518. The exact anniversary date falling just one day later than Open House this year on Sunday 23 September. 

Book a building tour

Guided tours of the building will run on the hour and last approximately 45 minutes covering the intertwined history and architecture of the RCP. They will include the exterior and interior of the building involving a fair amount of walking and several flights of stairs (Please ask at the registration desk if you would like the assistance of a folding museum stool during the tour). 

Building tours and timed general admission are available to book via Eventbrite. Tour booking is essential as tours are likely to sell out in advance. 

Additional multimedia guides are available from the registration desk for self-guided tours.

Marble hall museum


The exhibition 'This vexed question: 500 years of women in medicine' will also be free to Open House London visitors. The newly opened display explores the histories of well-known pioneers and uncovers previously hidden medical women. 

Medicinal Garden

The RCP garden contains over 1,000 species of plants from a diversity of cultures and countries, spanning every age in recorded history, all with links to medicine. It is a wonderfully calm space in the centre of London, and its unique and bespoke collections of plants offer living examples of the history of medicine from the era of the pyramids of Egypt to today’s life-saving prescription drugs. 

The medicinal garden will be open throughout the day to Open House visitors with continous tours by RCP garden fellows. 

RCP medicinal garden


Tea, coffee, juice and a selection of sandwiches and cakes will be available for visitors to purchase on the Lower Ground floor. 


The RCP building is fully accessible, with lifts and ramps available in the building and medicinal garden, a glass lift in the main foyer, and seating available on all floors of the building and in the garden. We also have accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, and a cloakroom. Assistance dogs are very welcome. 

If you have any questions about accessibility, please phone us on  +44 (0)20 3075 1200 or +44 (0)20 3075 1363, or email  


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but it will help make your registration quicker if you have a printed ticket. 

What can I bring into the event?

Use of cameras without flash are permitted. Tripods are not permitted. Large bags and suitcases should be stored in the cloakroom.

Is it okay if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, but children should be accompanied by an adult.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Our Visiting page outlines all the ways in which you can visit the RCP. If you have any further questions, or have any special requirements, please don't hesitate to get in touch.  

For more information about the day, please visit the Open House London website.