Dirty Fan Male: The Barge House Announces Progressive & Provocative Open House London Programme

The Barge House is pleased to announce that it will be taking part in Open House 2017 this September, with a series of progressive and provocative salon talks and exhibitions showcasing the building’s illustrious past.

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Set on a piece of bustling towpath along the famous Regent’s Canal, The Barge House has quickly become one of the most iconic features of Haggerston’s waterside, attracting a diverse crowd of creatives, professionals, and retro music lovers.

Steeped in rich East London history, the building once served as a print house for adult-only magazines – one of publisher David O’Sullivan’s more controversial enterprises – as well as being forever immortalised as the site of Alexander McQueen’s very first design studio. Fashion, design, and architecture have all begun to thrive in this corner of Hackney, giving a nod to the area’s infamously creative and industrious past.

Comprising a trio of inspiring event spaces, The Barge House venue enjoys waterside seating, double-height ceilings, and exposed industrial ducting, with natural wood interiors contrasting heavy industrial steelwork to create an impressive contemporary environment – perfect for brunch, dinner and cocktails, rain or shine.

The Open House weekend will see the venue taken back to its original heritage, with the Bar, Mezzanine, and Event Lounge transformed into gallery and performance spaces in celebration of the building’s illustrious past. A series of progressive and, at times, provocative salon talks brings history into the modern day, with discussions and discourse of Sex and Business guaranteeing informative and stimulating evenings.

An audio installation of Dirty Fan Male – a witty narration of a Page 3 Model’s fan mail – is sure to keep the Bar guests entertained, while an exhibition of David O’Sullivan’s racy 1980’s prints graces the walls of the Event Lounge. A controversial programme set in an intimate, contemporary bijoux space, this Open House weekend is one of the festival’s most risqué line-ups yet. Full programme to be announced soon.

Open House London takes place on the 16th and 17th September 2017, and will see The Barge House opening its doors from 10AM – 11PM (Saturday 16th) and 10AM – 9PM (Sunday 17th). Guests on the Open House Trail will receive a 10% discount on food and drink, with last entry 1 hour before closing.


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