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

Natwest Tower

© Lance Bellers

Built by R Seifert and Partners, when it opened in 1981 this 600-foot skyscraper, originally home to National Westminster Bank and now officially known as Tower 42, was noteworthy for ending existing restrictions for tall buildings in the city and paving the way for all the giant structures that have followed. Innovative at the time for its chevron design which resembled the Nat West Bank logo, despite a refurb in 1998 its design now seems more clunky and dated than iconic.

25 Old Broad Street, London. EC2N 1HQ

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