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Pre-Order Open House's Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs

£12.99

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we've radically rethought the role of the annual Open House guidebook.

The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs is not just a catalogue of the places that may or may not be opening their doors in autumn 2020 for the Open House festival, this book is an exploration of the ordinary neighbourhoods, housing estates and public buildings that lie round the corner, rather than on a tube or a bus into town.

In this new guide, guest-edited by Owen Hatherley and designed by Studio Christopher Victor, thirty-three writers; architects, activists, and Londoners present thirty-three essays exploring famous and unheralded buildings, streets, estates and neighbourhoods — some open for the Open House Festival, some not — across the thirty-three London boroughs.

With contributions from columnist Aditya Chakrabortty to the historian Gillian Darley, via playwright Hanif Kureishi and the politician Emma Dent Coad, the Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs will present a picture of an extraordinary ordinary London made up of the places just outside the front door. Whether you have spent the lock down in a Georgian terrace, a thirties semi, an LCC tenement or a modernist high-rise, this book will be a refreshing journey into the city you have been missing and a celebration of the everyday buildings, places and landscapes which make it special.

Contents

Preface by Catherine Slessor
Introduction by Owen Hatherley

North
BARNET — 
Fatema Ahmed
CAMDEN — Esther Leslie
ENFIELD — Joshua Abbott
HARINGEY — Aditya Chakrabortty
HARROW — Daisy Froud
ISLINGTON — Jude Wanga

East
BARKING AND DAGENHAM — Verity-Jane Keefe
THE CITY OF LONDON — Helen Thomas
HACKNEY — Aydin Dikerdem
HAVERING — Tom Wilkinson
NEWHAM — Joy White
REDBRIDGE — Laura Grace Ford 
TOWER HAMLETS — Thomas Aquilina
WALTHAM FOREST — Eli Davies

South-East
BEXLEY — Josie Moore
BROMLEY — Hanif Kureishi
CROYDON — Katrina Navickas
GREENWICH — Rosamund Lily West 
LEWISHAM — Nicholas Taylor
SOUTHWARK — Johny Pitts

South-West
KINGSTON ON THAMES — Joanne Murray 

LAMBETH — Dawn Foster
MERTON — John Boughton
RICHMOND ON THAMES — Douglas Murphy
SUTTON — Michael Badu
WANDSWORTH — Ruth Lang

West
BRENT — Ewan Harrison
EALING — Gavin Leonard
HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM — Michal Murawski
HILLINGDON — Charles Holland 
HOUNSLOW — Gillian Darley
KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA — Emma Dent Coad 
WESTMINSTER — Hazel Tsoi Wiles

Design and production

In reimagining our guidebook this year we set out to create a book that is as interesting to handle as it is to read. A thoughtful approach to typography and printing conceived by Studio Christopher Victor will bring together the longer essays with highlights from Open City’s extended network of community groups. Richly illustrated with images and artefacts from some of the city’s vast and eclectic museum collections and archives that have remained closed to the public throughout the pandemic, the guide will be offset-printed in London using premium book papers and metallic spot colours.

Earlybird price: £12.99
240mm x 170mm x 20mm
256 pages
33 Essays + plus much more
Edited by Owen Hatherley
Designed by Studio Christopher Victor
Published by Open House

* Images shown are mockups for illustrative purposes.

Early Bird Pre-orders

Pre-order the Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs now at a reduced early bird price, plus postage and packing. All pre-orders hugely help Open House during the pandemic and help protect the future of the festival. Any existing pre-orders will be sent the book at no extra cost. 

Get advance access to the Open House 2020 Listings

Due to Covid-19, the Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs cannot include listings for the opening times and facilities of the buildings involved in the Open House 2020 festival. This is due to the changes in circumstance that could affect this information between printing the guide and the festival taking place. However, all the listing information for buildings and walks for Open House Festival 2020 will be made available on our website and app, with advanced online access to everyone who has pre-ordered the guide.

Delivery

Pre-orders will be dispatched in September 2020 in the run-up to the Open House Festival.



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