All it takes is a stroll through the bustling streets and quaint alleyways of London to realise just how much history is trapped in the walls of the city’s most historic structures. There are hundreds of buildings and iconic attractions spread throughout the city, each with their own story to tell. It’s no surprise that millions of people return to the city every year when you look at the beauty of London’s architecture. If you want to learn more about some of London’s best and most famous structures then keep reading to hear about the history of our beautiful city.
The Lloyd’s Building
This metallic masterpiece is one of the most iconic buildings in central London and was one of the first new-style structures to be constructed in the historic financial district. When the design was conceived by architect Richard Rogers it was intended to go against the norms of classic architectural techniques. The Lloyd’s Building looks as if it has been turned inside out, with all of the features that would normally be on the inside placed on the edges of the building. Stairs and toilet blocks have been stuck to the outside of the building to make room for an intricate series of escalators which link up the floors within.
Despite what it may look like on the outside, this popular department store was actually built less than 100 years ago. The classic Tudor-style design with white cladding and dark wooden trim looks a pub that was built hundreds of years ago, but in fact the classic style was an intentional choice by owners that wanted to create a unique shopping experience. The building was constructed using refurbished wood from two old Royal Navy ships. Head to the Oxford Circus Tube Station from one of our hotels near Lancaster Gate and browse this classic building and explore its history.
Westminster Underground Station
London is full of giant buildings that tower above the city skyline, but some of the best architectural designs can be found in less obvious places. The Underground Station at Westminster is a great example of the diversity of design in London. The grandiose industrial-style station makes you feel as though you’re walking through the inside of a giant machine. There are no fancy frills or intricate stonework here, but the huge metal pipes, straight-cut stone and bustling crowds of people give you the feeling that you’re in the heart of London.
This refurbished power station is not something that you would normally look twice at but the Tate Modern has become a beacon for modern art and a symbol of how beauty can be found anywhere. The inside has been hollowed out and now offers visitors a stunning walk through wide open spaces with gorgeous décor. The contrast of old and new is represented by the building itself and the collection of artworks it holds inside. The Tate Modern’s mission is to bring more people into the world of modern art so head over from your Park Grand Hotel London suite and see if you find yourself being converted.