Open House festival is coming to The London Cancer Hub in Sutton this year!

02 Sep 2022

On September 17, 18 and 24, The London Cancer Hub is opening its doors to showcase the district that is home to some of the UK’s most trailblazing scientific research, healthcare and architectural design.

The London Cancer Hub (LCH), based in Belmont in Sutton, is Europe’s leading life-science district, specialising in cancer research, treatment, and enterprise.

The Harris Academy Sutton will be highlighting its award-winning school. Having won two RIBA Awards for the building this year alone, the school is showing visitors its exceptional learning environment and brilliant low-carbon building. 

The Institute of Cancer Research, London is bringing groundbreaking science to life at the Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery. The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is opening its doors to give insight into their world-leading work as part of Open House 2022. 

Visit the Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery to learn about the science behind cancer drugs in a lab, get creative with the tiniest poem etched into a pill by the poet laureate, and find out stories of parents and children who experienced cancer through inspiring embroidery.

Visitors can head next door to The Innovation Gateway, the life science workspace directly delivered by the London Borough of Sutton in partnership with The Institute of Cancer Research. It is home to life science startups like The Exercise Clinic and Vesynta. The Exercise Clinic uses exercise to help cancer patients and improve treatment outcomes. Vesynta is researching some of the most important technologies in the treatment of health issues and cancer. It is particularly significant for children dealing with the devastating disease as their work helps develop tech that measures dose levels in each patient.

Finally, a nature and wellbeing walk led by Sutton’s Biodiversity Net Gain Officer, Rosie Whicheloe, will take visitors along a short guided walk exploring the public realm in the local area. This includes Maggie’s Garden (designed by Piet Oudolf), woods and downland within the Banstead Common Site of Special Scientific Interest and the grounds around Marsden Hospital. The walk will explore the art and science of designing for human wellbeing and the lives of local wildlife. 

Register to visit free here: