Explore the building
Sunday 11 September, 10am to 4pm
Explore Denys Lasdun's masterpiece from it's modernist exterior to dramatic interior spaces. The Royal College of Physicians is one of London’s most provocative modern buildings. Designed by British architect Sir Denys Lasdun (1914-2001), the RCP is one of only a very small number of Grade I listed post-war buildings in England. The design was commissioned in 1959 with the doors opening in 1964 making it the Royal College of Physicians' fifth home since our foundation in 1518. As you explore you can find out more about the design with glimpses of our architectural plans and photographs from our archives.
Plus, explore our museum and current exhibition ‘A taste of one’s own medicine: medical satire at the RCP’ or take an expert guided tour of our Medicinal Garden - tours will be available from 11.30am.
No booking required.
Take an architecture tour
Sunday 11 September, 11am
Join an expert from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Archives, Heritage Library and Museum team for a guided tour exploring the architecture of our Grade I listed home.
Sunday 11 September, 2pm
Architectural historian and Lasdun expert Dr Barnabas Calder will lead a guided tour of our extraordinary building. Join in person or online to discover hidden corners and to uncover Lasdun’s mastery of form and function.
This event is hybrid - you can choose whether to come in person or join us online.
This event is supported by the Art Fund.
Tour booking will be via the Open House Festival - check back soon for details.
Denys Lasdun's Royal College of Physicians
Designed by British architect Sir Denys Lasdun, the RCP is one of only a handful of grade I listed post-war buildings and is a firm favourite at Open House, the annual architecture festival that champions great design for all and opens up London’s most extraordinary buildings to the public.
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. The RCP was given permission to demolish a bomb-damaged Nash villa on the site on the condition that the new building harmonised with its surroundings. Lasdun was appointed after making it clear that he would not create a classical building. 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 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.