Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Architecture - Archive Articles

Articles about (mostly) London architecture, heritage, new buildings, and refurbishments.

Climb to the top of Severndroog Castle
Climb to the top of Severndroog Castle

Climb to the top of Severndroog Castle

In 1755, a naval battle took place off the coast of India that resulted in a castle being built in South London. And now you can go to the top for impressive views across London.

Oct
07
2018
See inside the refurbished Toynbee Hall
See inside the refurbished Toynbee Hall

See inside the refurbished Toynbee Hall

Hidden, at the moment, down a long builders alley is a building that is more than just a building, it represents 130 years of social catalyst for change in the East End.

Oct
02
2018
Thameslink’s Elstree & Borehamwood station set for upgrade
Thameslink’s Elstree & Borehamwood station set for upgrade

Thameslink’s Elstree & Borehamwood station set for upgrade

A planned upgrade of the railway station at Elstree & Borehamwood station is set to go ahead now that Thameslink has awarded the £1.5m contract.

Oct
01
2018
Tickets Alert: For one night only, a Modern London exhibition
Tickets Alert: For one night only, a Modern London exhibition

Tickets Alert: For one night only, a Modern London exhibition

A book launch and exhibition for one night only to show off a range of 200 illustrations of modern London buildings.

Sep
29
2018
Take a peek inside the Bloomberg Building
Take a peek inside the Bloomberg Building

Take a peek inside the Bloomberg Building

Amid much fanfare, just under a year ago a new office block was formally opened, and over the weekend a lot of non-employees got to go inside and see what all the fuss is about.

Sep
24
2018
Cardboard models of English Cathedrals
Cardboard models of English Cathedrals

Cardboard models of English Cathedrals

These are rather delightful, an expanding range of models of some of England's Cathedrals, Abbeys and Minsters, all made in card.

Sep
13
2018
Tickets Alert: Behind the scene tours of Bloomsbury’s Principal hotel
Tickets Alert: Behind the scene tours of Bloomsbury’s Principal hotel

Tickets Alert: Behind the scene tours of Bloomsbury’s Principal hotel

As part of the Bloomsbury Festival, there's a chance to take in a behind the scenes tour of the grand hotel that dominates the area, the Principal London.

Sep
11
2018
New images show the future of the Thames Embankment
New images show the future of the Thames Embankment

New images show the future of the Thames Embankment

Images of what the Thames Embankment will look like when the Super Sewer is completed have been released.

Sep
06
2018
Visit Woking’s art-deco railway control room
Visit Woking’s art-deco railway control room

Visit Woking’s art-deco railway control room

The astonishing electrical control room at Woking will be open to the public as part of the Heritage Open Days at the weekend.

Sep
04
2018
Concrete Reality – Denys Lasdun and the National Theatre
Concrete Reality – Denys Lasdun and the National Theatre

Concrete Reality – Denys Lasdun and the National Theatre

If you head to the top floor of the National Theatre at the Southbank, then behind two anonymous wooden doors, is a corridor filled with concrete heaven -- an exhibition about how the National Theatre was born out of concrete.

Sep
01
2018
Sarastro’s floral facade
Sarastro’s floral facade

Sarastro’s floral facade

A restaurant in central London almost as famous for its toilets as it is for its lavish interior -- but also has this overflowing greenery outside.

Aug
24
2018
One Kemble Street – the “CAA Building”
One Kemble Street – the “CAA Building”

One Kemble Street – the “CAA Building”

If the Centrepoint tower had curves, then One Kemble Street is what it would look like -- a pillar of repeating concrete shapes slightly hidden from casual view.

Aug
23
2018
Tickets Alert: Sir Peter Hendy’s City of London Routemaster Bus Tour
Tickets Alert: Sir Peter Hendy’s City of London Routemaster Bus Tour

Tickets Alert: Sir Peter Hendy’s City of London Routemaster Bus Tour

An architecture tour with a difference next month, as a Routmaster bus offers a tour around the City of London focusing on preparations for the Elizabeth line.

Aug
17
2018
Crossrail’s Farringdon site being turned into offices
Crossrail’s Farringdon site being turned into offices

Crossrail’s Farringdon site being turned into offices

The building site next to Farringdon Station is to be turned into an office block once Crossrail vacate it later this year.

Aug
13
2018
Inside North Korea… inside Foyles
Inside North Korea… inside Foyles

Inside North Korea… inside Foyles

Inside that Mecca to reading can be found a glimpse behind the curtain of one of the world's most repressive regimes.

Aug
12
2018
Tickets Alert: Tours of Lambeth Palace Library
Tickets Alert: Tours of Lambeth Palace Library

Tickets Alert: Tours of Lambeth Palace Library

This is a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at Lambeth Palace Library, along with the Great Hall, and parts of the Palace building itself.

Aug
05
2018
New skyscraper to sit next to Leadenhall Market
New skyscraper to sit next to Leadenhall Market

New skyscraper to sit next to Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall in the City isn't exactly short of a skyscraper, or five, and now one is planned that will sit right next to the famous Victorian market building.

Jul
21
2018
Disappear Here – Playing with your perspectives at RIBA
Disappear Here – Playing with your perspectives at RIBA

Disappear Here – Playing with your perspectives at RIBA

The display space inside architectural head office for RIBA has been given over to to the notion of perspective.

Jul
15
2018
Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge
Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge

Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge

It doesn't look like much, but the train station at Kew Gardens has a remarkable survivor of early reinforced concrete -- and most people have no idea that the shabby looking footbridge is it.

Jul
14
2018
Over 3,000 buildings opening their doors for Heritage Open Days 2018
Over 3,000 buildings opening their doors for Heritage Open Days 2018

Over 3,000 buildings opening their doors for Heritage Open Days 2018

Heritage Open Days, the (two) weekends of the year when lots of buildings open their doors to the public has published its initial list of properties.

Jul
13
2018
The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda
The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda

The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda

Famous for its long since removed dragons, the Great Pagoda in Kew has rarely been open to the public. Until now. And the dragons are back.

Jul
12
2018
A second cheesgrater skyscraper for London
A second cheesgrater skyscraper for London

A second cheesgrater skyscraper for London

The City of London has granted planning permission to a tower that will become the third tallest in London, and is already being nicknamed "Cheesegrater 2" thanks to its shape.

Jul
10
2018
Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off
Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off

Plans to revamp Olympia exhibition hall shown off

Plans to revamp the Olympia Exhibition Centre could see the main road outside pedestrianised and the facade restored, but also several extra stories added to the office block next door to pay for it.

Jul
08
2018
Win a chance to sleep the top of the BT Tower
Win a chance to sleep the top of the BT Tower

Win a chance to sleep the top of the BT Tower

A chance to visit the top of the BT Tower is pretty high up most people's "bucket list" of things to do in London, but how about spending the night sleeping there?

Jun
29
2018