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

BT Tower

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Opened in 1964 the BT Tower – originally known as the Post Office Tower – and designed by the Ministry of Works to support the microwave aerials once used to carry telecommunications (now transmitted through fibre optics underground) was for many years London’s tallest building. But despite its iconic appearance, unlike Berlin’s Fernsehturm tower for example, its revolving restaurant and amazing views over London are no longer open to the public, making it now more of a white elephant in the room than the beloved and much-visited London landmark it should be.


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