We have prepared the following frequently asked questions to help you plan your visit. If you have other questions not answered here, please do get in touch.



What is Open Studios?

Open Studios is a 2-3 day event, which takes place twice a year in Summer and Winter at our two London sites in Bloomsbury and Deptford. Cockpit Studios is made up of many studio spaces occupied by world-class craftspeople. Open Studios is when we open our doors for visitors, a chance to wander freely around the building and visit our makers in their studios. Each studio has a different feel to it and a very wide variety of processes and products to see.

Will I be able to buy things?

Yes, Open Studios is an opportunity to buy directly from makers, which means you get to take home a piece of world-class craftsmanship. In doing so, you’re also supporting small independent businesses and a sustainable way to shop.

What is the price range of the items for sale?

Cockpit is home to a very broad range of makers working in variety of disciplines, materials and styles. What unites them is the quality and originality of their work. Some items are priced under £50, right upto collectible artworks worth several thousand pounds.

Is it ok just to come and look?

Absolutely. Our makers love meeting people who are interested in their work, and encourage you to ask lots of questions. There is no pressure to buy, though many items are for sale.



How much do tickets cost?

£8 when purchased online in advance, or £10 on the door. £4 concessions.

Can I buy a ticket on the door?

Yes, subject to availability. We recommend booking in advance.

What are the concession categories? 

Students, unwaged, disabled (accompanying carer receives free entry)

Do children require a ticket?

Children under 15 years of age can attend free of charge


Can I use ticket to re-enter? 

Yes, you can use your ticket to re-enter the event, either on the same day or on the followiung days.


Can I bring a dog? 

Yes, but the dog must be kept on a lead at all times and any accidents, will be the responsible of the owner.  Some studio holders have a ‘No dogs’ policy, please respect this and there will be a sign on the door to indicate.   



Is there a lift access? 

Yes, the lift is accessible from John Mews at street level, look for the blue shutter doors, use the buzzer, and a lift attendant will come down and guide you to the ticket desk.  The 2nd Floor can also be accessed via this lift. 


Is there a map? 

Yes, there is a digital map available via QR code at the Front of House desk, or you can view the map online via our website. 


Is there a café? 

Haven Coffee will provide drinks and light snacks on the 2nd Floor during the event.