Must-see buildings in London

Must-see buildings in London

This week we’re focusing on the most inspirational buildings and architecture. We took a look at the most stunning buildings of the world on Monday, so we thought that today we’d take the time to be a little patriotic. After all, our capital city has some equally amazing architecture and design – so much so that we’ve decided to devote a whole blog post to it. Here are London’s must-see buildings.

The Shard
The European Union’s tallest tower, The Shard, opened its doors to the public officially on 5 July 2012. Standing at a whopping 1016ft tall, it’s big enough to cover eight football pitches. For the opening ceremony, the designers decided to light the building up and beam lasers from it across London. Here’s an image courtesy of And that’s not the best thing – it offers spectacular views over the whole of the city, so you can spot your favourite landmarks – you’ll be surprised at how tiny they look from the viewing platform.


Lloyd’s building

The Lloyd’s building in London took a massive eight years to build. The design of architect Richard Rogers, the building is made up of 33,510 cubic metres of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass. It opened back in 1986, measuring 95m high – it makes us dizzy just looking at it. There are 12 outside lifts too – we bet that would make a great view on your way into the office.


St Paul’s Cathedral
This huge design project was undertaken back in 1668 by British architect Sir Christopher Wren. Its dome measures almost 112 metres high, making it one of the largest in the world, according to Work began on the existing Cathedral following the Great Fire of London. The design of the building itself took a lengthy 10 years to complete, while the actual construction lasted for a further 40 years – that’s some dedication.

Buckingham Palace
We decided to save the best until last today. Buckingham Palace tops the list of’s things to do, and it’s not hard to see why. Both locals and tourists alike regularly flock to see the home of Her Majesty The Queen – check out how ornate the detailing is on the gate posts! Clearly no expense has been spared by the team of construction workers – and why not, it is for The Queen, after all. Built in the neoclassical style, the Palace opened its gates in 1703 and is the work of four British architects, John Nash, Aston Webb, Edward Blore and William Winde.

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