Here's What The City Of London Could Look Like In 2026

Here's What The City Of London Could Look Like In 2026

Skyscrapers rise at such a pace in the City of London, it can be difficult to recall what the skyline looked like, even a few months ago.

Thanks to these CGI images — commissioned by the City of London Corporation — we can at least see how the City might appear in 2026. (SPOILER: it's a glass jungle, thronging with skyscrapers, a few of which have interesting designs.)  

2026 view of the City, from City Hall
2026 View from Fleet Street

13 skyscrapers, due to be completed by or before 2026, will transform the City horizon as we know it, as space for up to 100,000 extra City workers is expected to be required.

2026 View from South Bank

Among the new skyscrapers set to form the glassy new horizon are:

  • Twentytwo — which will rise 62 storeys high on 22 Bishopsgate, and include a climbing wall set into the windows on one of the floors.
  • 52 Lime Street — AKA the Scalpel. The 36-storey building will slice into the firmament, and for our money, is one of the more imaginative projects.
  • 100 Bishopsgate — which boasts on its website of a "0.5 acre public realm". Hmm.
  • 70 St Mary Axe — a new neighbour for the Gherkin, which is uncannily shaped like a tin of ham. A tasty pair.
  • 1 Undershaft — a boxy, 289.9-metre-tall behemoth with criss-cross detailing, already nicknamed The Trellis. It will include a Museum of London gallery at the top, as well as London's highest restaurant. It's still subject to final approval.
  • 1 Leadenhall — a 37-storey tower that will be practically dwarfed by its lofty neighbours. But is still lofty.

Six of the 13 planned skyscrapers will have public viewing galleries. Check out a full list of the buildings and their specs here.

2026 Aerial View from East

Says Chris Hayward, Planning Committee Chairman at the City of London Corporation:

It is unprecedented to see such a scale of development taking place at one time in the Square Mile. There are now more cranes in the City sky than in recent decades.

2026 View from Waterloo Bridge

Let's revisit this in nine years' time and see how the CGI guys did...

All images © City of London Corporation

Last Updated 03 January 2018

Matt Whiting

Shame that the Gherkin's going to disappear. One of the few buildings that deserves the title 'iconic'.

malcolm day

Does central London really need space for 100,000 more jobs in an area that is becoming increasing inaccessible due to impossible housing cost/availability and escalating commuting costs?

Rafael Sabbat

Regarding the landscape view (pic 1): Where is the iconic Gherkin (that back in 2002/03 was BIG)? Sadly it is nowhere to be seen. The area is already CRAMPED with tall buildings, how can you even fit more there??

Andrew Gwilt

Not forgetting Crossrail 2 and of course London Overground to take over the suburban routes between London terminus stations to Southeast London, South London and Southwest London. As well HS2 that will be completed in 2026 with Euston having a makeover and revamped with new extra platforms built for HS2.