Open House Festival


Back to neighbourhoods


Walthamstow’s neighbourhood for this year’s Open House Festival features an exciting mix of grand public buildings, award winning restoration projects, and striking contemporary design pieces, set in a unique landscape where the urban grain of London meets forest land.

A walk around historic Walthamstow showing how this unique area grew from a village into a thriving suburb, its social history and the variety of buildings that can be found where Epping Forest meets William Morris.


Guided tour

Havant House 53


A victorian mid terrace house with a dark blue exterior and a zany tiled front garden. Full of original features without being dictated by the era, colour continues inside with a yellow rubber floor in the kitchen.

Natasha Landers (Designer), 1910

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Schindel Studio

art studio

Schindel studio is a shingle clad, purpose built, sustainable artist's studio in Leytonstone, East London, for the landscape painter Amelia Humber.

Archer + Braun, 2022

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Spruce House


Ao-ft co-founders', Liz Tatarintseva and Zach Fluker, Spruce House and Studio is the pair’s joint home in east London’s Walthamstow. Not only has it been a personal labour of love, it’s also the first flagship project of the practice owners' newly minted architecture practice.

Ao-ft, 2021

Guided tour

St. Mary's Church, Walthamstow Village

religious, walk/tour, cemetery

Grade II* listed church dating from 12C with Medieval, Tudor, Georgian & Victorian features. 16C Tower. Church refurbishment and new extension in progress in 2022. Over 1300 monuments with four Grade II listed tombs in churchyard.

Unknown, 1108

James Maltby Bignall (1827-1885) worked in the practice of Sir George Gilbert Scott, the architect of St Pancras Station. The style of St Michael's is late Gothic Revival, in its size and height reminiscent of Northern European churches.

James Maltby Bignell, 1885

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St Peter-in-the-Forest Church & Community Centre

religious, community/cultural

An 'Italian Romanesque' church set in Epping Forest, St Peter's was founded in 1840 and extended in 1887. The building underwent a major reordering throughout 2020 to save it from subsidence and create new community facilities.

John Shaw, 1840

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Waltham Forest Town Hall

civic, community/cultural

Grade II listed Town Hall clad in Portland Stone. The building incorporates Art Deco and Nordic Classicism styles, also being influenced by the work of local activist William Morris. Extensively refurbished in 2019 by Hawkins Brown.

P D Hepworth, 1937