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

Central St Giles

Rob Greig

As well as jabbing us with the Shard, Italian architect Renzo Piano has also attempted to inject some European zing into the gloomy shadowland at the foot of Centre Point. In colouring his quirky facades bright orange, lime green and acid yellow he’s turned an undiscovered, out-of-the-way warren of streets south of Oxford Street into an undiscovered, out-of-the-way plaza surrounded by offices. The undoubted vibrancy of the jelly-tot colours is dulled by it being so hemmed in by surrounding structures, but mostly the delicacy and finesse of using over 100,000 coloured terracotta tiles is lost at a distance. They look more like disused stacked shipping containers.


1 St Giles High St, London, WC2H 8AG



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