The City of London is home to some of the world’s most impressive architecture. Ranging from 11th Century medieval fortresses like the Tower of London to impressive feats of modern engineering like The Shard that have been completed in the since the turn of the 21st Century.
There are hundreds of incredible buildings but we have chosen our top 5:
5.) 122 Leadenhall Street
Also known as the ‘Cheesegrater Building’, 122 Leadenhall Street was completed in June 2013 and is now home to many Financial Services and Insurance companies. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, the 630-foot skyscraper was built in its distinctive triangular shape so as to not obstruct views of St Pauls Cathedral.
4.) 20 Fenchurch Street
20 Fenchurch Street, known by many as the ‘Walkie Talkie Building’ was completed in 2014 after only 5 years of construction. The 34 floor tower is home to the Sky Garden which has been described as London’s highest public park and it was designed with its unique top-heavy shape to create more square footage at the top of the building where rent is typically higher.
3.) Two New Ludgate
This colourful 8 floor eco-friendly office building was completed in 2015. Boasting some of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable technology like collecting rainwater and solar panels Two New Ludgate which is also known as the Mizuho Building has been a great success despite having been a particularly complex project, the building is directly opposite the entrance to the Central Criminal Court, The Old Bailey.
2.) 52 Lime Street
Often nicknamed ‘The Scalpel’ 52 Lime Street is one of the newest additions to what is known as ‘The Eastern Cluster’ which is made up of a whole host of well-known buildings like 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) and The Lloyds of London building. With 404,000 square feet of office space and 623 feet high along with its immediately recognisable shape, The Scalpel’s is sure to be a firm favourite for commercial architecture enthusiastcs in the future.
1.) 3 Queen Victoria Street
Built by Bloomberg to host their London Headquarters, Bloomberg London was completed late last year. With sustainability in mind throughout its construction every aspect of the building designed by Foster & Partners is eco-friendly, everything from vacuum toilets that are powered by recycled rainwater to the use of LEDs in the ceilings that are not only much more energy efficient than standard lighting but are much more effective in lighting a room. Built with almost 10,000 tonnes of Derbyshire stone the Bloomberg Building was also built with sincere consideration of the ancient site that it was built on, The London Mithraeum a temple to the ancient Persian god Mithras who was worshipped by the Romans during the time they occupied London.