13 Interesting Buildings in London: Architecture Styles and Uses

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London is a city full of history and culture. It is also home to some of the most interesting buildings in the world. From ancient architecture to modern masterpieces, London has something for everyone. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the most interesting buildings in London. We will discuss their style of architecture, how they are used today, and where in London you can find them!

13 Iconic London Buildings

Elizabeth Tower, which houses the Big Ben clock. The tower was built in 1859 and is a Grade I listed building. It stands at 316 feet tall with 11 stories (not including its attic). Elizabeth Tower contains four dials that are 23 feet wide each. They are made of iron plates backed by white glass panels; this makes them visible from up to five miles away!

These clocks have become an iconic landmark on London’s skyline because they can be seen throughout the city when lit up after dark or during sunsets/sunrises as well as being one of only two buildings outside Buckingham Palace itself whose bells ring out across central London every hour without fail – even if there were no power cuts for three days running like there were recently due to bad weather conditions (which is extremely rare).

The Shard, which was designed by Renzo Piano. The building stands at 310 meters high and has 72 floors. It houses offices for companies like Bloomberg, British Land Company plc as well as a hotel with 200 rooms plus restaurants on the upper levels such as Oblix West that offers views across London from its vantage point of over 800 feet up! The Shard also contains residential flats – these apartments start from around £25 million GBP each so they are only suitable if you are rich enough or lucky enough to afford them!

London Bridge Station is a railway terminus built in 1836. It serves South Eastern Trains and Southeastern High services between London and Kent. The station was designed by George Rennie in a classical style with a portico of six Ionic columns. It is one of the oldest railway stations in London and is a Grade II listed building.

The Gherkin, which was designed by Norman Foster. The building stands at 180 meters high and has 40 floors. When it was built, it became the tallest building in the City of London (a title now held by the Shard). The Gherkin houses offices for companies such as Ernst & Young, Aon Corporation, and Swiss Re AG. It also has an event space on the 38th floor that can accommodate up to 400 people!

St Paul’s Cathedral is a Anglican cathedral designed by Christopher Wren. The building was completed in 1711 and is a Grade I listed building. It is the fifth-largest church in the world (seventh largest if you include its two towers) and it contains the second largest dome ever built in Britain after St Pancras Station!

buildings in London viewThe Lloyd’s Building, which was designed by Richard Rogers. The building stands at 30 meters high and has 12 floors. It houses offices for companies such as Aon, Hiscox, and Amlin Agencies Ltd. The exterior of the building is made from glass, steel, and concrete – this makes it one of the most iconic examples of modern architecture in London!

Brunel’s Thames Tunnel is a tunnel that runs under the River Thames in London. It was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and it is the world’s first underwater tunnel! The tunnel was opened in 1843 and it served as a vital link between Rotherhithe and Wapping for over 100 years. Today, it is open to the public as part of the Museum of London Docklands.

The Royal Albert Hall is a large concert hall located on Prince Consort Road in South Kensington, London. The building was designed by Charles Barry and completed in 1871. It is now a Grade I listed building and hosts classical music concerts, operas, ballets, jazz concerts, rock concerts, and more!

The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre that opened in 1982. It was designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon and is a Grade II listed building. The centre hosts concerts, films screenings, plays, exhibitions etc. and it has won numerous awards for its unique architectural style!

The Tower of London is a fortress built on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It was founded by William I in 1070 and it served as an important royal residence until 1837 when Queen Victoria moved out due to fears about security after reports surfaced that someone had tried to break into her bedroom while she was sleeping there – this attempted burglary never happened (although some people still claim otherwise). Since then it has been used mainly as a tourist attraction although sometimes prisoners are still held here too!

The National Gallery is a art museum located on Trafalgar Square in London. It was founded in 1824 and it houses over 23,000 paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The building that currently houses the gallery was designed by William Wilkins and it opened to the public in 1838. The gallery is free to visit so make sure you add it to your list of things to do when you are in London!

The Churchill War Rooms are a set of underground tunnels and rooms that were used by Winston Churchill and his wartime government during World War II. The rooms were excavated out of solid white chalk rock and they remained operational throughout the war. After the war ended, they were abandoned until 1984 when they were opened to the public as a museum. Today, the Churchill War Rooms are a popular tourist attraction in London!

The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, is the seat of the British government. It was designed by Charles Barry and completed in 1852. The building is made up of two main parts: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The Palace of Westminster is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is one of the most famous landmarks in London!

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