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

The Shard


Sure, Renzo Piano's 72-storey splinter has gone up in record time and is inordinately tall, but it is still just a slick, priapic anomaly in a city better known for its breadth than its height. It would have been better suited to a hotel development in Dubai about five years ago, when such back-of-a-napkin ideas – it should resemble a shard of glass! – were given an immediate green light and bags of cash. The main problem for Shard-haters is that you can't just ignore it or avoid its steely glare. Every time you look up it's there, poking you in the eye.

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