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

No 1 Poultry

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Built in the mid-1990s to a design by architect James Stirling, the postmodern No 1 Poultry was voted No 5 in Time Out’s 2005 readers’s poll of London’s worst buildings. Lacking any of the charm or elegance of the Victorian Mappin and Webb building, which was torn down to make way for it, the building’s odd angles and incongruous candy-coloured, striped cladding have ensured that it’s back in the running for the 2012 worst building.


No.1 Poultry  London EC2R 8JR



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