Who says buildings are boring? We've chatted to city architects, leading authors, Instagrammers and the Mayor of London himself about their favourite structures in London to create the ultimate list of London's 50 best buildings. Here's the top ten.
1. The Shard
Don't miss: The sides of the Shard don’t touch at the corners. It’s to allow the building to ‘breathe’ apparently.
2. Balfron Tower
Don't miss: More modernist architecture nearby. Robin Hood Gardens estate is a 15-minute walk from Balfron and also made our Top 50 list.
3. Victoria and Albert Museum
Don't miss: The statue on top of the central tower. She represents Fame... and you might spot that her nose is missing.
4. National Theatre
Don't miss: The aluminium fins and crumpled steel mesh of the new Max Hayne Centre, added during the recent refurbishment.
5. NCP Car Park Welbeck Street
Don't miss: Actually parking your motor in this building while you still can – it’s been bought by a hotel company.
6. Westminster Underground station
Don't miss: The deep level platforms. The Jubilee line extension is the deepest excavation ever attempted in central London. A special system of tubes pumped material under Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to stop them from sinking during the digging.
7. Christ Church Spitalfields
Don't miss: It also has an amazing interior, with a giant Georgian organ. Oo-er!
8. Broadcasting House
Don't miss: Eric Gill’s sculptures of Ariel on the walls of the original building. Completed in 1933, the ‘spirit of the air’ from Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’ was seen as a personification of the medium of broadcasting.
9. Tate Modern
Don't miss: The view from the platform in the new extension, which not only has great views of the city but lets you stare into the living rooms of the neighbouring apartments. Creepy.
10. London Aquatics Centre
Don't miss: Take a spin round the track at the nearby Olympic velodrome, which was also selected for our Top 50 buildings list.
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