Architecture City Guide: London

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to London. This is our second stop in Europe, and once again I had to capitulate and double the number of buildings that we normally feature. We could not feature all of the suggestions, and will be adding to the list in the near future. We really appreciate those readers who offered their suggestions and the use of their pictures to make up this list.

Samuel Johnson famously said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” As home to a long tradition of kings and queens, the Royal Society, and the roots of the Industrial Revolution, it is not surprising that there is a rich tension and collaboration between the historic and contemporary architecture in London. This reflects a city and culture that has a strong history of celebrating the past while also moving forward. Conflicts often emerge, as the goals of one side clash with those of the other. This relationship, however, is why I find walking the streets of London so appealing - those beautiful moments when history and progress collide.

Once again, thanks to all our readers for your help. We encourage you to add more of your favorites in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: London list and corresponding map after the break.

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Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: London" 06 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Timo Lorenzen-Schmidt

    Well, but you forgot Berthold Lubetkin’s 1934 Penguin Pool…

  • Tommaso Mennuni

    great guide but i need the barcelona’s and madrid’s guides very soon please help me

  • Rob

    Id add in the Lloyds Register Building by Richard Rogers.

  • Jon

    Something very dark about London. Got a Harry Potter vibe. Even newish buildings seem a bit drained and draining. Definitely need your vitamin D tabs to live there!

  • tina

    Something small.. like tony fretton_lissen gallery and the red house in chealse?