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Top 10 Quintessential Buildings in London

Man-Made Masterpieces!
Priyanka Wadhwani Jun 24, 2024
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
The capital of United Kingdom, ‘London’ has something for everyone and its eclectic architectural heritage is commendable.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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From old to new, traditional to contemporary, art deco to gothic, and many styles in between, there are hundreds of amazing buildings in the city.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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Here we are with a list of some iconic ones for you to not miss on them.
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With a height of 1016 feet, Renzo Piano’s spire-like building is momentous. The Shard was inaugurated in 2012, and gives a view of 40 miles in every direction.
#1. The Shard
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Dominating London’s skyline for 300 years, until 1965, Sir Christopher Wren’s majestic dome; St. Paul’s Cathedral is hard to miss when in London.
#2. St.Paul’s Cathedral
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
One major attraction here is the Whispering Gallery, nearly halfway up the 528-step climb to the top of the dome, where hushed tones can be heard from the opposite side due to a quirk in its construction.
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
The Tower of London is a 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London, that is notable for housing the crown jewels. It is the oldest intact building in the city.
# 3. Tower of London
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Lucky guests at the tower can witness some traditions that are still going strong...
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
This includes the ceremony of the Keys, an elaborate ritual of locking up the tower at night only if they book at least a year in advance.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Established in 1753, the world’s first national public museum, British Museum has been free to all “studious and curious persons”.
#4. British Museum
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
It has more than seven million objects from all continents. They illustrate and document the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Built in the 19th Century, the Palace of Westminster is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revivalist architecture in the world.
#5. Houses of Parliament
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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It was redesigned in 1941 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, after it was bombed 12 times in one night during World War II.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Battersea Power Station is the largest brick building in Europe and is known for its lavish art deco fittings and interior.
#6. Battersea Power Station
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
It is located in the south bank of the River Thames in Battersea, south west London, and hasn’t been in use for more than 30 years.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Norman Foster’s famous bullet-shaped building constructed in 1995 became one of the first truly great extant skyscrapers to carve London’s skyline.
#7. The Gherkin
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
The glittering glass Gherkin has a height of 180m (590ft) which is three times the height of Niagara Falls.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
#8. National Theatre
Built in 1976, National Theatre is an important icon of Brutalism. Prince Charles described it as “a clever way of building a nuclear power station in the middle of London without anyone objecting”
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
The theatre may seem like a large hunk of concrete on the surface, but a closer look especially at the beautiful board-marked concrete interior, you'll realized its actual beauty.
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With a number of bridges that London has, which connects the north and the south and all designed in a unique way, Tower Bridge is the most famous of all.
#9. Tower Bridge
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
The colour scheme of this bridge was changed to red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Visited by more than one million people a year, Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster, now known as Westminster Abbey is a marvelous gothic abbey.
#10. Westminster Abbey
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts more than 1000 years of history. It is one of a small number of churches known as Royal Peculiar.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
It’s the place where kings and queens are crowned. It has also hosted numerous royal weddings and funerals. Something to know before you go: there’s an admission charge to enter as a tourist.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
If you are a travel freak and architecture is what amazes you the most, London should be on the top of your to go list!!
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
London is a place which welcomes tourists round the year!!
Happy holidays!!