Unbuilt London: A balloon barrage surrounding the city
In 1938, as ideas were being made for the defence of London, plans were shown off to surround London with a massive "aerial mine-field" made from over a thousand deadly balloons.
Unbuilt London: A giant pyramid for Hyde Park
Compared to the great monuments of ancient lands, there are few if any buildings in London which can withstand the ravages of the millennia, and it's time to build a mighty monument so that future generations can remember the grandeur that is the capital of a mighty empire.
Unbuilt London: Trafalgar Square as a Multi-Storey Car Park
Trafalgar Square's a big empty space isn't it? Surrounded by roads full of cars looking for somewhere to park. What a waste of space it is. Let's turn it into a car park!
Unbuilt London: A cable car across the Thames
There were once plans to build a cable car that would link the Millennium Dome with the DLR on the north side of the river. Obviously, no such cable car was ever built.
Unbuilt London: Turn St James’ Park into a giant roundabout
In the early 1890s, a Scottish architect published a grand scheme to rebuild central London. Away with tired old narrow streets and hello to Parisian boulevards. Goodbye to St James' Park and hello to a massive road network and roundabout.
Unbuilt London: High Paddington
Today, the land behind Paddington station is an array of glossy office blocks. But they shouldn't be there. It's supposed to be a 1960s array of housing towers.
Unbuilt London: The Thames Airport
No not that one, the other one. No, not that one either, the other one. Yes, this one -- the giant airport right in the centre of London on the Thames, next to Parliament.
Unbuilt London: The 1960s Fun Palace
In an age where people were thinking the future of mankind was more leisure and less work, thoughts turned to how such pleasure was to be enjoyed.
Unbuilt London: A 500 Foot Tall Monument to the Battle of Britain
A massive pyramid, topped with a pillar, and then some more -- not the Post Office Tower, but a monument to the Battle of Britain.
Unbuilt London: Straightening the River Thames
The River Thames is a rather curvy beast, especially around the Isle of Dogs, but had a plan in 1796 been carried out, it would be considerably straighter.
Unbuilt London: Britannia Triumphant upon Greenwich Hill
Greenwich could today be less famous for its observatory and meridian, than for a gigantic statue which would have dominated the area.
Unbuilt London: Replacing buses with a monorail network
In 1967, the Conservative Party published a document calling for the scrapping of buses in central London - and replacing them with a huge Monorail network.
Unbuilt London: The 1,000 foot tall Golden Tower
In 1832, Parliament passed the Great Reform Act, and London's skyline was nearly as radically reformed, with a 1,000 feet tall gold plated column to commemorate the occasion.
Unbuilt London: The King’s Cross Airport
When planes were small and buildings expected to be large, putting an airport right in the centre of a city was seen as a very sensible idea.
Unbuilt London: The Iron Bridge
Just over 200 years ago, plans were shown off to replace the venerable London Bridge with a massive single span iron bridge.
Unbuilt London: Stepney’s Massive Clock Tower
Nearly a hundred years ago, plans were shown of for a mighty civic new building for the east-end of London that would have dominated the skyline for miles around.
Unbuilt London: A giant pyramid on Trafalgar Square
200 years ago, a plan was announced to plonk a giant pyramid in the centre of London, for no purpose other than to cock a snoot at the French.
Unbuilt London: The Isle of Dogs Airport
In the post-war period when London had a surplus of rubble and empty spaces, an airport was planned in the docklands area with SIX runways.
Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway
London has in recent years gained a loop railway that runs around the suburbs, but 100 years ago, a proposal was made for a much larger loop which would have dramatically changed how we see the city today.
Unbuilt London: Heathrow Airport’s High-Speed Monorail
Back when London was surrounded by more green and had just one airport, a radical scheme was cooked up for a high-speed monorail linking the city to the airport.
Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad
Imagine if you will, a giant flat surface larger than Trafalgar Square overhanging the River Thames -- this was the proposed central London Helidrome.
Unbuilt London: Farringdon’s massive railway terminus
A giant railway terminus was once planned for central London that would have swept away all the land between Holborn and Farringdon. Obviously never built, its failure indirectly lead to the creation of the London Underground.
Unbuilt London: The Victorian skyscraper taller than The Shard
Around 160 years ago, plans were announced for a skyscraper in London that would have a summit even higher than The Shard stands today.
Unbuilt London: The almost story of a loop railway under Southwark
Imagine a tube tunnel running under Southwark and the City, but carrying full-size mainline trains -- and you would be imagining something that was actually proposed.