AN EYE FOR DESIGN: A GUIDE TO LONDON’S ARCHITECTURE

London has some of the most varied architecture in the world, with a mix of styles, designs and eras sitting comfortably side-by-side in a beautiful jigsaw of aesthetics. If you’re staying in one of our hotels near Lancaster Gate, London you will see a specifically regal appearance.

  • Thanks to London’s vast history and its impressive list of former residents, the city is a living, breathing testament to architecture. If you’re a design fan or want to know more about the buildings that are so important to the city’s look, feel and personality, read on for our essential guide to the biggest, best and most beautiful of the capital’s structures.
  • The UK’s tallest building can be found in London. The Shard was opened in 2012 and is currently the tallest building in the UK. When it was first built, The Shard was the tallest building in all of Europe but since then it has been overtaken by a number of different skyscrapers in Moscow.
  • London’s buildings have been designed using a lot of different architectural styles, meaning it is hard to categorise the city’s architecture under just one single style. This mixture stems from the fact that London’s iconic buildings have been accumulated over time, rather than all being built in one era.
  • One of the most recognisable architectural pieces in London is Marble Arch. Though Marble Arch stands today as a monument next to Hyde Park, it’s original design purpose was something very different. The arch was originally built in 1828 with the intention of being one of the main entrances to Buckingham Palace. However, when Buckingham Palace was extended in 1851 the Arch was moved to its current location.
  • Very few of London’s buildings predate The Great Fire of London and therefore it is difficult to spot architecture from before 1666. There are a few exceptions, such as the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey.
  • One of London’s most unusual buildings is 30 St. Mary Axe, nicknamed The Gherkin for its rounded design. The building has been designed to have a swirling pattern visible on the outside, from all angles. This is more than just a creative decision. It is actually caused by the building’s energy saving systems and encourages airflow.
  • Lancaster Gate is known for being an upmarket part of London and it has become known for its regal appearance. The terraced houses of Lancaster Gate were built in a classical style with English Baroque and French detailing. This combination has become a recognisable part of London’s architecture and can be seen throughout the city at other similar locations.

If you stay in one of our hotels near Lancaster Gate, be sure to look out for the quaint terraced houses and the nearby architectural structures. Wherever you stay in London you will be amazed by how beautifully the different building designs and styles work together.

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