Pre-Order Open House's Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs
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.
Preface by Catherine Slessor
Introduction by Owen Hatherley
BARNET — Fatema Ahmed
CAMDEN — Esther Leslie
ENFIELD — Joshua Abbott
HARINGEY — Aditya Chakrabortty
HARROW — Daisy Froud
ISLINGTON — Jude Wanga
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
BROMLEY — Hanif Kureishi
CROYDON — Katrina Navickas
GREENWICH — Rosamund Lily West
LEWISHAM — Nicholas Taylor
SOUTHWARK — Johny Pitts
MERTON — John Boughton
RICHMOND ON THAMES — Douglas Murphy
SUTTON — Michael Badu
WANDSWORTH — Ruth Lang
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
Earlybird price: £12.99
240mm x 170mm x 20mm
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.
Pre-orders will be dispatched in September 2020 in the run-up to the Open House Festival.