London is home to some of the best breathtaking buildings on the planet. Offering different architectural styles and intriguing history, it is no surprise that millions of people flock to the city every single year. We have therefore selected the best architectural gems that make up the city’s landscape.
Swaminarayan Hindu Temple
You only have to take one look at the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple to see why has made the list. Featuring intricate carvings and marble domes, it’s hard not to fall in love with the ornate interior and elegant exterior. The temple opened in August 1995 in Neasden, northwest London, and was designed by C.B. Sompura. Swaminarayan Hindu Temple is the personification of community spirit, as a team of over a thousand volunteers came together to undertake basic building work to ensure completion.
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral has played a significant role in London’s skyline since 1710. Filled with history and beauty, it is now one of the most recognisable cathedrals in the world. You will find the cathedral on Ludgate Hill, which is at the highest point of the city of London.
The cathedral has served as a backdrop for a number of celebrations, including the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, and has also hosted thanksgiving services fo the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The funerals of notable figures have also taken place at St Paul’s Cathedral, including Sir Winston Churchill and the Duke of Wellington.
There is nothing quite like Shakespeare’s Globe. While the original theatre may have burned down in 1613, the new construction, which opened in 1997, offers the atmosphere of the Elizabethan era, allowing audiences to enjoy the bard’s plays the way he would like them to.
Unlike the original theatre, the modern Shakespeare’s Globe only accommodates 1,400, instead of 3,000, due to health and safety issues. So, not only can you step inside to experience the beauty and elegance of this remarkable theatre, but you can also experience a theatrical performance of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.
The Rivoli Ballroom is the only 1950s ballroom that remains in London, and is internationally renowned for its original décor and fittings. Offering exquisite chandeliers, large Chinese lanterns and a red velvet interior, there is no other room quite like it in the capital city.
Whilst the exterior isn’t much to look at, you are bound to be bowled over by the Art Deco interior that dates back to the 1930s. The venue now hosts a number of dance and musical events, and has also served as a set for various music videos, including Elton John’s “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”.
St Pancras Station and Hotel
Sir George Gilbert Scott was one of the most prolific architects during the 1800s, producing some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, Manchester Cathedral and, of course, St Pancras Station and Hotel.
Anyone who has ever visited St Pancras Station and Hotel is bound to have been blown away by the building’s architecture. It therefore may surprise you to learn that the building was nearly demolished in the 1960s, after it fell into disrepair. However, St Pancras was restored to her former glory and now serves as a rail gateway between London and Europe.