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.

Plans to revamp the riverside walkways in the City of London
Plans to revamp the riverside walkways in the City of London

Plans to revamp the riverside walkways in the City of London

If you were to walk from London Bridge towards Charing Cross along the riverside, there really isn't much doubt that the South side of the river has the more developed and cultural route to walk along.

May
21
2014
30th anniversary of the “monstrous carbuncle” speech
30th anniversary of the “monstrous carbuncle” speech

30th anniversary of the “monstrous carbuncle” speech

This will make some of us feel old -- it has been 30 years since Prince Charles stepped into the controversial limelight and made his famous Carbuncle speech.

May
17
2014
Brixton’s Burdensome Barrier Building
Brixton’s Burdensome Barrier Building

Brixton’s Burdensome Barrier Building

If you travel by train through Brixton, then you might have noticed through your windows just to the East of the town, a massive brick barrier.

May
11
2014
BBC archive of old London programmes
BBC archive of old London programmes

BBC archive of old London programmes

It's a boring Bank Holiday, so what better than to watch a load of old BBC programmes about London's buses, buildings and tube tunnels?

May
05
2014

TfL’s Head Office to be turned into residential flats

Transport for London has decided to convert its listed art-deco headquarters building into residential flats as it prepares to move east to newer offices.

May
02
2014
Photos of the closed part of the Olympic Park
Photos of the closed part of the Olympic Park

Photos of the closed part of the Olympic Park

There was a chance the other night to take a brief look at part of the sealed off Olympic Park that is due to open to the general public on Saturday.

Apr
03
2014
Visit the Prefab Museum — while you still can
Visit the Prefab Museum — while you still can

Visit the Prefab Museum — while you still can

A post war relic is soon to be swept away. A hidden flatland in a sea of multi-story buildings soon to be elevated by construction. A community rent asunder by a local council.

Mar
24
2014
London Street Views from 1840
London Street Views from 1840

London Street Views from 1840

Long before Google drove around in camera wielding cars, or Charles Booth's poverty mapping, or Phyllis Pearsall (didn't) walk the streets of London, there was John Tallis.

Mar
21
2014
Open Days Announced for the “Middlesex Cathedral”
Open Days Announced for the “Middlesex Cathedral”

Open Days Announced for the “Middlesex Cathedral”

Open rarely during the summer months over the past couple of years, what was once coined the Middlesex Cathedral is open even fewer days this year, and those dates have been announced.

Mar
20
2014
See the Astonishing Interior of Two Temple Place
See the Astonishing Interior of Two Temple Place

See the Astonishing Interior of Two Temple Place

A rather eclectic collection has gone on display inside an equally eclectic building that is worth a visit in its own right if you haven't been before.

Mar
06
2014
Exhibition – The Brits who Built Modern Britain
Exhibition – The Brits who Built Modern Britain

Exhibition – The Brits who Built Modern Britain

As a tie-in with the recently completed homage to British architects on BBC4, their spiritual home at RIBA is holding an exhibition of some of their work.

Mar
04
2014
Photos from the deep excavations under Victoria Street
Photos from the deep excavations under Victoria Street

Photos from the deep excavations under Victoria Street

If you were to descend deep down underneath Victoria Street in central London -- some five floors down -- you might be met by a metal leviathan clawing away in the darkness.

Feb
18
2014
Silvertown’s derelict Tate Institute
Silvertown’s derelict Tate Institute

Silvertown’s derelict Tate Institute

Down in Silvertown opposite the mighty Tate & Lyle sugar factories sits a rather forlorn looking building. Run down and neglected, it has the appearance of a large pub, or maybe an old music hall.

Jan
31
2014
The redevelopment of Peckham Rye Railway Station
The redevelopment of Peckham Rye Railway Station

The redevelopment of Peckham Rye Railway Station

The area around Peckham Rye railway station is such that if it were a person, it might be described as having a face for radio, a face that only a mother could love, for it is undeniably not a nice looking area at all.

Jan
21
2014
How close London came to being covered in concrete
How close London came to being covered in concrete

How close London came to being covered in concrete

One of London's greatest strengths, and in some ways, its greatest curse, has been the lack of a dominating Overload with the power to tear down entire chunks of the city and rebuild it in their preferred style.

Dec
12
2013
My alternative to the planned Thames Garden Bridge
My alternative to the planned Thames Garden Bridge

My alternative to the planned Thames Garden Bridge

There are plans, as I am sure you are aware for a pedestrian bridge across the Thames in the centre of the city, to be decked out in all sorts of greenery which is aimed to make it look terribly nice and pleasing.

Dec
05
2013
A small garden of calm moments from Oxford Street
A small garden of calm moments from Oxford Street

A small garden of calm moments from Oxford Street

On the 9th November 1889, a new public garden was opened just to the south of Oxford Street as part of the clearance of slums and their replacement with social housing for the working classes.

Nov
24
2013
A brutal beauty next to Tottenham Court Road
A brutal beauty next to Tottenham Court Road

A brutal beauty next to Tottenham Court Road

Just around the corner from Tottenham Court Road sits one of London's great unmarked pieces of architecture. A building, like so many of its era looks a bit tired and shabby now, but will reward the viewer who stands back to admire the whole.

Oct
28
2013
Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city
Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city

Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city

Dotted around London can be found some of the Great Estates that are the consequence of developments by single minded owners often in Georgian periods. But the Great Estates are not just a historic quirk, but are a still growing phenomena across the city.

Oct
27
2013
Post War buildings celebrated inside the Wellington Arch
Post War buildings celebrated inside the Wellington Arch

Post War buildings celebrated inside the Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch next to Hyde Park has swapped out the display inside the top of the arch bit and is running a short exhibition on how 20th century buildings, often derided have been preserved and in some cases, gained affection.

Oct
24
2013
A look around the new Library of Birmingham
A look around the new Library of Birmingham

A look around the new Library of Birmingham

Birmingham has two very large public spaces, separated by the brutalist architecture of the public library. One with the town hall and next to the market and main shopping areas, and on the other side of the library, sits a more artistic quarter with theatres.

Oct
06
2013
Another attempt to rebuild the Crystal Palace
Another attempt to rebuild the Crystal Palace

Another attempt to rebuild the Crystal Palace

From fiery embers, phoenix like, the Crystal Palace is to be reborn. A shining glass emporium of culture to adorn the terraces of long neglected Sydenham. Except, that isn't what is being planned.

Oct
03
2013
Photos from the new King’s Cross Square
Photos from the new King’s Cross Square

Photos from the new King’s Cross Square

Barely meeting its Thursday deadline, the long anticipated King's Cross station got the wide plaza space in front of the original Victorian station building.

Sep
26
2013
Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20
Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20

Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20

Over the next few weeks, people will start typing E20 in to websites as the first part of their address as they move into new flats built on the Olympic Park.

Jul
18
2013