London's worst buildings
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!
Robin Hood Gardens
Opened in 1972, this Poplar housing estate was designed by husband-and-wife team Peter and Alison Smithson with all the altruistic intentions for the new, postwar ‘cities in the sky’. However, like so many other brutalist blocks built in economically poor boroughs, lack of adequate financial resources soon resulted in it becoming more of a sink estate than a sky city. This could be the last opportunity to voice an opinion on the estate as despite a campaign to grant it protective listing status – backed by big name architects including Richard Rogers and Zaha Hadid – Robin Hood Gardens is now slated for demolition.
Woolmore Street, London, E14 0HQ