The city of London is known far and wide for its exquisite, architectural features. These encompass all of the elements from contemporary to traditional, gothic to art deco, new to old and all of the in-between styles that are projected on hundreds of buildings in the city’s capital.
I have detailed a few of what I feel are fantastic building and architecture in the London
The Shard was completed in 2012 by the designer Renzo Piano and is known as one of the most famous and dazzling skyscrapers of London.
Renzo Piano found his inspiration for his 95-floor masterpiece from the railway lines that stretch to almost every corner of London. The Shard is the keeper of a beautiful viewing gallery, a hotel, numerous offices, and several restaurants.
The Shard was designed and created based on the concept of a city that would be talked about for a long time, the vertical city. As such, in excess of 1000 foot, towers the city as being among the tallest structures located in Europe.
So, if you’re ever in London, be sure to visit The Shard and experience a stunning view from its observatory, or sample the food at a restaurant or simply spend a night at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Within the city of London, several bridges connect each part of the south to each part of the north. However, as time changes, so do the design of the bridges found in London, all having unique and fascinating personalities.
The Tower Bridge has been declared by Sir Horace Jones as a famous 19th century landmark, connecting Tower Hamlets to Southwark, with its two bridges that were joined by that of horizontal walkways.
During 1977, the colour of the bridge was changed as they celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the Queen. With every passing year, the still operational bridge has been said to be raised a whopping 850 times each year.
Houses Of Parliament And Big Ben
If ever you’re visiting London, you just can’t skip a trip to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament!
The corners of Westminster are adorned with over 1000 glorious, historic years due to the Houses of Parliament.
Not to forget Big Ben, in the year 1858, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the 13-tonne bell.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral was designed by the first ever Fabric surveyor of the cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren.
St. Paul’s Cathedral contains some of the most pristine sculptures like that of Mother and Child: Hood by Henry Moore, numerous murals and mosaics. Ever since the beloved cathedral of St. Paul, that sits on Ludgate Hill, has been one of the most visited attractions of London.
As such, the cathedral has been said to be located on London’s highest point, and its beautiful dome was crafted by Wren’s churches spires.
Battersea Power Station
River Thames’ south bank is home to the well-known Battersea Power Station located in south-west London.
Due to its more than 30 years of service, the Grade-II, coal powered station has made a name for itself and is considered a highly popular landmark of London.
And get this, the station is filled with beautiful interior and art decor, and it is said to be one of the largest build brick building in all of Europe.
Located on 30 St Mary Axe at the middle of the financial district is the almost strange pickle like structure known as the Gherkin.
The Gherkin was designed by Norman Foster, the legendary architect and, the structure has been classified as one of the finer contemporary works of the city.
The Gherkin is home to the Helix restaurant where an entire 360 degree of the ever-famous London skyline can be witnessed.
Westminster Abbey was referred to as St. Peter at Westminster back in the day and has been the home of England’s coronation church for well over 1000 years.
Westminster Abbey has seen its fair share of weddings, 16 possible weddings have taken place in the Abbey over the years and each year millions of visitors come from far and wide to view the astounding, works of architectural art and actual historical oil paintings that are contained within the building.
Westminster Abbey has quite the rich history and is known for having the oldest known altarpiece of England.
This is just a sample of some of the great buildings that are present and can be viewed in London that I recommend you take a look at