A futuristic arch that would have sliced into the skyline, dominating from some sides, and being almost invisible from others.
London is full of monuments to wars and battles, but one is conspicuous by it’s absence, Waterloo – but there was a plan for a triumphal arch in central London.
Whitehall, the heart of government is lined mostly with grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings, but it nearly looked like the Southbank – lots of concrete.
Although Regents Park is today a large open space surrounded by grand housing, it very nearly didn’t even exist.
Considering how iconic Tower Bridge is as a symbol of London, it’s difficult to believe that just 50 years ago there were plans to replace it with a tunnel.
Imagine if you will of streets lined with decorative arcades that protected Victorians from the weather and above their heads, a marvel of the age – a silent railway without steam.
A scheme once proposed replacing five railway stations in central London with one giant terminus in Southwark.
There should be a major junction under Oxford Circus acting as the centre point of a large double-loop tube line, had plans shown off in 1988 gone ahead.
Just over 200 years ago, a plan was presented to Parliament that could have seen a large section of the City between London Bridge and the Tower of London turned into a series of large docks.
Although Heathrow Airport has a couple of railway links to central London, they weren’t necessarily the ones that we could have ended up with.
In the inter-war years, there was a war between two rival camps for urban planning, the high-density housing with lots of communal space, or low-density with lots of private space.
The South London trams snake around the region offering a convenient east-west link, but once could have also been extended to just outside the former Crystal Palace.
In the 1960s, King’s Cross almost became more famous for a massive glass tower than it was for its nocturnal delights in the seedy bars.
Forget garden bridges and wobbly bridges and tower bridges, what we really need in London is a 7-story high crystal bridge!
When you’re a museum in need of some extra space, and maybe a more visible presence in the area, what could be better than a massive and very tall glass tower on your doorstep?
Long before Joanna Lumley went all AbFab over the idea of a garden bridge across the Thames, there was an earlier, and fortunately, never built plan for a garden bridge.
Long before the Isle of Dogs was filled with tower blocks, it was seen as a cheap plot of derelict land, and ideal for sticking a major road bypass through.
A marvel of the industrial age, a mighty iron footbridge permitting safe and quick passage for pedestrians over congested and dirty streets. At least, that was the plan.
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