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!

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

MI6 Building


This signature work of postmodern architecture by Sir Terry Farrell wasn’t actually finished in the 1980s, where it firmly belongs. The greenish mirrored glazing doesn’t give any inkling of the espionage taking place within (it’s officially know as the SIS Building, standing for Secret Intelligence Service) and there’s more than a whiff of Freemasonry to the building’s outward references to Mayan temples and Aztec pyramids. Farrell worked his magic elsewhere in Vauxhall, but the worst copycat offender is the new St George Wharf development on the opposite side of the bridge, with its bug-eyed apartments and blueish tinge of disappointment. I blame the neighbours.

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