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A series of articles about the various plans to build, often monumental schemes that never came to pass. Broken dreams of a shiny future, or dystopian hells.


Unbuilt London: The “railway arcade” above the streets

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.


Unbuilt London: The Southwark Railway Terminus

A scheme once proposed replacing five railway stations in central London with one giant terminus in Southwark.


Unbuilt London: The “figure of eight” tube line

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.


Unbuilt London: The Legal Quays at London Bridge

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.


Unbuilt London: Heathrow’s rail links to central London

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.


Unbuilt London: The MARS plan to rebuild the entire of London

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.


Unbuilt London: Croydon trams extension to Crystal Palace

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.


Unbuilt London: The 1,000 Foot Tall Glass Conference Centre

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.


Unbuilt London: The Crystal Span Bridge

Forget garden bridges and wobbly bridges and tower bridges, what we really need in London is a 7-story high crystal bridge!


Unbuilt London: The Museum of London’s glass tower

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?


Unbuilt London: A Garden Bridge across the Thames

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.


Unbuilt London: The Docklands Southern Relief Road

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.


Unbuilt London: Ludgate’s iron footbridge

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.


Unbuilt London: The St Paul’s Bridge

Over the years there have been many attempts to build a bridge across the Thames near St Paul's Cathedral, and this is the story of one of them.


Unbuilt London: The Regent’s Circus

London's famous three - Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Regent's Circus. Hang on, Regent's Circus? Yes, the huge circle at the top of Regent Street lined with expensive houses. Haven't you seen it?


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