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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?

Unbuilt London: The Twin London Bridges

When Old London Bridge was finally destined for the knackers yard, one of the many replacement proposals would have seen two mighty bridges constructed side by side.

Unbuilt London: Battersea Power Station’s football stadium

In the dim and distant past, when Battersea Power Station was more ruin than construction site, a proposal was shown off that would have seen the old building become a major football stadium.

Unbuilt London: A giant glass wave over the South Bank

When culture seekers walk along the south bank admiring the views and skateboards, they should do so under a giant glass and steel canopy weaving its way along the Thames.

Unbuilt London: The Pyramid of Death

What was officially known as the Metropolitan Sepulcher, but more widely as the Pyramid of Death — was a proposed massive pyramid built on Primrose Hill, which would have stood a staggering 950 feet high.

Unbuilt London: The High-Speed Railplane Monorail

Is it a plane? Is it a train? No, it’s Railplace! Racing above the streets of London carrying passengers from city centre to airports, to Brighton, to Glasgow, all at unbelievable speeds.

Unbuilt London: The Trafalgar Square Blob

Today where a classical Victorian hotel stands overlooking Trafalgar Square, there should be a massive white curved pyramid — the Blob.

Unbuilt London: Vauxhall’s Green Giant

Where the confection of the MI6 building currently stands, there should be a gigantic tower block — the green giant.

Unbuilt London: Central London’s underground railway loop

Had plans gone as planned, London Underground’s Central line should look more like the Circle line running in a loop, not a long single line passing through the centre of London.

Unbuilt London: The Martian space centre at Bankside

Had things gone according to plan, instead of an old power station full of art, there would be an outpost of Mars on the south-bank of the Thames.