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

The O2

© Jonathan Perugia

There were few more frightening things than the contents of the Millennium Dome, whether that was Tony Blair and the Queen singing 'Auld Lang Syne' or the pulse-deadening Money Zone, which almost had its diamonds nicked by thieves in JCBs. Worse than all of this was its exterior: a squat tent, straining not to pull down its yellow arachnid legs. Richard Rogers and everyone else involved kept a bit quiet about this one after 2000, only for it to be saved and repurposed as a corporate spot and gig venue.


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