London's worst buildings

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What's the worst bit of architecture London? Vote here to have your say

What’s the biggest eyesore in London? What’s this city's most overblown monument to architectural egoism? You don’t have to be Prince Charles to have strong opinions about our capital’s concrete carbuncles, especially if you have to see them every day on your way to work. To dampen the soaring spirits attendant upon the launch of London’s latest all-seeing, omnipresent statement construction, The Shard, we’ve compiled a list of 20 of this city's most unloved landmarks.

Surprisingly, some of these reviled buildings also turn up on our best-of list too, so take a minute to vote for your favourite as well. If we’ve missed something truly horrible, please let us know in the comments below.

You know you want to – go on, consign something to virtual demolition!

ArcelorMittal Orbit The Barbican Centre Bézier Apartments Black Tower, Colliers Wood Brunswick Centre BT Tower Central St Giles Centre Point Dawsons Heights Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre Mayor's Office, City Hall MI6 Vauxhall Natwest Tower No 1. Poultry O2 Centre Robin Hood Gardens South Bank Complex Strata Tower, Elephant & Castle The Shard Wembley Stadium

Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

© Rob Greig

It’s a manky hot-pink semi-empty mall squeezed between two of the busiest roundabouts this side of Hades, so what’s your problem? Repeatedly voted London’s ugliest eyesore, Europe’s first covered shopping precinct (very few outlets of note survive inside, in case you were wondering) easily topped our 2005 poll of worst buildings. Despite insistent clarion calls to put the old pachyderm out of its misery, Boissenvain & Osmond’s 1965 design has survived, not the taste test of time exactly, but because of the Elephant Man syndrome – no one wants to go near it.


Elephant and Castle, SE1 6TE



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