London's best buildings
What's the best bit of architecture in London? Vote here
They’re here, there and everywhere around us, but which ones do you love or loathe the most? To celebrate our Wonders of London issue and the opening of London’s latest architectural talking point, the Shard, we’ve put together a list of 20 truly iconic buildings in London, compiled with your help, tweets and Facebook comments.
Once you’ve perused the list please take a moment to click and vote for your favourite and we’ll announce the winner here. If you’re a hater, please go and vent on our worst list too, where you’ll notice some of the same nominations controversially popping up in both categories. Sacrilege? Well, if you think we’ve neglected a candidate for best building, please say so in the comments box below.
The Houses of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster and its clock tower (the two should never be considered separately) was Sir Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin’s 1870 masterpiece of gothic revival, sited on King Canute’s 900-year-old medieval seat of power. Its complex sweep of towers, crenellations and steeples is a symbol not just of English architectural ingenuity and eccentricity, but also of the very foundations of parliamentary democracy (even if some of its inhabitants don’t always do it justice).