Modern architecture in London

Modern architecture has become more and more popular across the world. London has always been a home to some of the world’s most striking modern architecture. The City always has to adapt to changing needs and be up-to-date all the time since it is leading European city in business and culture. The main aim of the city is to combine the best of the old with the new. Some of the buildings become icons – not just in London or the United Kingdom… but all over the world.

Nowadays, probably the most famous property is The Gherkin, designed by Norman Foster + Partners in 2003. it won the
RIBA Stirling Prize in 2004. Officially known as 30 St Mary Axe is now famous all over the world. At the top, some 180 meters high, a restaurant and hospitality area offers 360º view of London city. Property stands in London’s main financial district where also many other fantastic buildings can be seen.


One of these buildings very close to The Gherkin is The Lloyd’s building. It is the headquarters of insurance company Lloyd’s of London, located in Lime Street. The property was built over 8 years from 1978 to 1986 and designed by the famous architect Richard Rogers. During those early years, this building was innovative in having services such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving a clear uncluttered space inside. The most interesting part are the 12 glass lifts placed in the building which were the first of their kind in the UK.


City Hall, the headquarters of Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London – was designed by Norman Foster (opened in 2002) and is located on the south bank of the River Thames. Its unusual bulbous shape intended to reduce the building’s surface area and thus improve energy efficiency. Architect supposedly saw the building as a giant sphere hanging over the Thames river, but in the public it has been compared to Darth Vader’s helmet, a misshapen egg, a woodlouse or motorcycle helmet.

city hall

Millennium Dome, nowadays known as The O2 is a large dome shaped building on the Greenwich peninsula in south east London. Property was built in order to hold a major exhibition celebrating the beginning of the third millennium. This exhibition opened to the public on January 1, 2000 and ran until December 31, 2000. Unfortunately exhibition was more the subject of considerable political controversy than the favourite place to visit for public.

Millennium Dome illuminated at night - London, England

The Shard formally known as London Bridge Tower. Standing approximately 306 metres high with its 87-storey is currently the tallest skyscraper in European Union. It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, and replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in Southwark in 1975. The Shard was developed by Sellar Property on behalf of LBQ Ltd, and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar. First 28 floors of The Shard are bright and spacious offices with the most incredible view across the capital. From 31st to 52nd floors, you can experience the most amazing skyline ever, with the best view, food and hotel rooms in the city. 53 – 65 floors are occupied by exclusive residential apartments. The unforgettable view at the top of The Shard offers the UK’s most exciting attraction: 360 degree open-air observation deck and 40 kilometres views across the London skyline and beyond.

the shard

The largest observation wheel in the world London Eye is owned by The British Airways, it is known also as Millennium Wheel since it was opened at the end of the year 1999 to celebrate new millennium. It stands 135 metres high on the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames in Lambeth, London. It is adjacent to London’s County Hall, across Westminster and stands opposite the offices of the Ministry of Defence.


While you are staying in London do not miss the great opportunity to see one of these wonderful properties and for any enquires regarding your stay in London, feel free to contact us at +44 (0) 207 993 8629 or e-mail us at

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