Bricks and mortar

Switch House - Tate Modern

Hackney Empire

Canary Wharf

Turbine Hall at Tate Modern

London Old & New

Like a scene from a Sci-Fi film a new tower block intimidatingly looms over the old Elephant & Castle

House of Commons & Westminster Bridge

London's ever changing skyline

The Gherkin

The Heron Tower reflected in the glass skin of the Gherkin
Fleet Street

Fleet Street. I know it's now a Pret a Manger but what a building.
Great Windmill Street

122 Leadenhall Street

Address: 122 Leadenhall Street, London
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Open: To be confirmed
Height: 225 metres / 748 ft.
Floors: 48
Cost: Approximately £286 million

Whitechapel town house

The modern London skyline

Sir Christopher Wren, Rafael Vinoly, Renzo Piano and cranes. There will always be cranes. (cheers Kevin)

Canary Wharf

20 Fenchurch Street - 'Walkie Talkie' Building

‘Walkie Talkie’ Wins Approval in London - New York Times 7th May 2009

Walkie Talkie architect 'didn't realise it was going to be so hot' - Guardian 6th Sept 2013

Too much heat: London skyscraper suspected in partial melting of luxury car - Washington Post 4th Sept 2013

Skyscraper Said to Have ‘Melted’ Luxury Car - New York Times 2 Sept 2013

'Walkie Scorchie' parking hazard lights up London - The New Zealand Herald 4th Sept 2013

 Rafael Vinoly's 20 fenchurch street skyscraper is melting cars - Designboom

Wembley Stadium

Address: Wembley Stadium
                London HA9 0WS
Opened:  9 March 2007
Architect: Foster and Partners
Height: Wembley Arch 134-metre-high (440 ft)
Cost:  £757 million


I realise this section is called Bricks and Mortar but maybe it should be Glass and Glass. This is the view from Tower Bridge of the Shard, City Hall and an anonymous glass office block.

A Lion

A lion guarding a Notting Hill shop 

Private Eye

The home of Private Eye and former home of John Christopher Smith "Friend and secretary to Handal 1712-1762"

Address: 6 Carlisle Street, London, W1D 3BN, UK

One Canada Square

Once London's tallest building now surpassed by The Shard and Heron Tower. The building is designed to sway by 13 inches in extreme conditions.

Address: One Canada Square,

Height: 235.01 m
Floors: (above ground) 50
Floors: (below ground) 3
Construction start: 1989
Construction end: 1991
Elevators: 36
Parking places: 900


Cow & Coffee Bean - Regents Park

The Cow & Coffee Bean Cafe in Regents Park regards itself as a "dairy pub"

Address: The Broadwalk,
Chester Road,
Regents Park,

Vintners Hall

The land on which Vintners Hall now stands was bequeathed to the Vintner’s Company in 1446 by Guy Shuldham. The building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 but rebuilt more or less as it stands today in 1670.

Built: 1670
Address: 68 Upper Thames Street
The City

Map (click here)

Art Deco flats

Fantastic Art Deco flats at Princess Gate, Kensington

Map (click here)

Charlotte Street

Map (click here)

Bibendum, Fulham Road.

Bibendum in the Fulham Road is a tribute to the Michelin Man, symbol of the Michelin Tyre Company. References to Bibendum are woven into the fabric of the floors, walls and windows. This fantastic art deco building is now part of the Conran restaurant empire.

Built: 1909
Architect: Designed by an employee of Michelin, probably under the guidance of Edouard and Andre Michelin
Michelin House
81 Fulham Road

Map (click here)

All Saints Church, Blacheath

All Saints Church stands on its own on the edge of Blackheath. It has Kentish rag surfaces and a spire on the south-west corner.

Built: 1857-67
Architect: Benjamin Ferrey
Listing: Grade 2

Map (click here)

The Royal Festival Hall

The Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. And to think that Churchill wanted to pull this Grade 1 listed building down. The 'peoples palace' lives on and long may it do so.

Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Opened: 3 May 1951
Architect: Dr Leslie Martin & Sir Robert Matthew
Cost: £2million (1951) 

Map (click here)

Art Deco Cinema

Ignore the billboards and gaudy ‘Vue’ sign. This is a fantastic piece of Art Deco architecture, now a cinema in Leicester Square

Mao (click here)

The Old Curiosity Shop

Address: 13–14 Portsmouth Street, Westminster, London, WC2A 2ES,
Completed: 1567

Built from old ships timbers this 16th century shop, bang in the middle of the London School of Economics, was named after the release of the Dickens novel. It was originally thought to be the inspiration for Dickens and while an interesting building is strictly one for the tourists.

Map (click here)

A mysterious and intriguing building in the Strand. All I know about this building is that it was once a Yates Wine Lodge.

Map (click here)

The Old Bailey
Address: The Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, EC4
Completed: 1907
Height: Dome 67 foot, Statue 12 foot
Architect: E. W. Mountford

The gold leaf statue of the “lady of justice” on top of the Old Bailey holding a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other.

Map (click here)

The Whitechapel Gallery
Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, UK.
Opened: 1901
Designed by: Charles Harrison Townsend

Rachel Whiteread is going for gold in Whitechapel - Evening Standard 9 Feb 2012

Gilding among the grime - Financial Times 19 Feb 2012

Map (click here)

The Shard
The Shard continues to grow

Technical Data

Height (tip) - 310.00 m
Height (top floor) 224.03 m
Height (observation floor) 243.84 m
Floors (above ground) 95
Construction start March 2009
Construction end July 2012
Elevators 44
Escalators 10
Parking places 47

Shard times - the glittering symbol of London's future - Evening Standard - 13 May 2011

Next to the O2 Arena

I know nothing about this building other than its location next to the O2 Arena.

The Shard

The Shard keeps on growing. 80 plus floors and rising.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Address: Tower Bridge Road, London
Opened: 30th June 1894
Height: 65m - 213 feet
Length: 244m - 801 feet
Designed by: Sir Horace Jones

Tower Bridge took eight years to construct and is a truly great, Grade 1 listed building. On 28th December 1952 a number 78 bus, driven by Albert Gunton leaped from one bascule to the other as the bridge started to rise with the bus still on it. Albert received a reward of £10 for his bravery.

City Hall

Address: 110 The Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA
Completed: July 2002
Height: 45m, 10 floors
Architect: Foster & Partners

City Hall is home to the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

Missing Bricks & Mortar

Old Jamaica Road

The Lloyds Building

Lloyds Building
Address: 1 Lime Street, City of London
Completed: 18 November 1986
Height: 95.1 m – 14 Floors
Architect: Richard Rogers

The Lloyds Building is one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the City of London. The innovative design has all the services such as power conduits, water pipes, staircases and lifts on the outside of the building leaving the working, interior space uncluttered. A time capsule sits on top of the building containing a gold sovereign, 1983 Lloyds annual report and a menu from the Lord Mayor of London’s 1984 banquet. How boring.

St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

Address: Ludgate Hill, City Of London
Completed: 1710
Height: 365ft
Architect: Sir Christopher Wren

This is the fifth version of St Paul's on this site. the first was completed in 604 and the previous building destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It was London's tallest building from 1710 to 1962.

Tower 42, Heron building under construction and the 'Gerkin'.

Tower 42

Address: 25 Old Broad Street
Completed: 1980
Floors: 47
Architect: R. Siefert & Partners

The former Nat West Tower was the tallest building in London for ten years but has now been overtaken leaving it now in fifth place.  In April 1993 the Tower was extensively damaged by an IRA bomb to such an extent that demolition was considered. When reconstruction completed it was sold by Nat West Bank and renamed Tower 42. It contains restaurants on the 24th and 42nd Floor.


  1. What a great picture of Old Jamaice Road!
    such a pity they demolished thouse old flats and have replaced them with the ever increasing canyon that now pervades every part of Bermondsey. Fresh air and sunlight for the kids of Bermondsey? Dr Salter would turn in his grave if he saw what was happening now.

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  3. Great pictures and like the old curiosity shop this website is full of wonderful discoveries