Prince Charles: look away now.
Here's a glorious celebration of London's fascination with raw concrete. Brutalism as an architectural movement thrived from the 1950s to the mid-70s; it's the era that brought us the Trellick Tower, the Barbican estate, and the National Theatre.
Here are some of London's finest examples.
The Danish Embassy in London. Source Alex James Bruce The brutalist Keybridge House in Vauxhall. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk The abandoned Heygate Estate in Walworth, Southwark (now demolished) Source Instagram St Giles Hotel, Bloomsbury. Source Fedeuk The Brunswick Centre is a grade II listed residential and shopping centre in Bloomsbury, Camden. Source Eelyn1 Camberwell College of Arts. Source Alex James Bruce Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower. Source Richard Wilson Brutalism on York Road, London. Source Sywater The brutalist Brunswick Centre in Camden achieved Grade II status in 2000. Source Solarpatrick Kings College London, Aldwych. Source Allwillb Crescent House, Golden Lane Estate. Source Lizetta Stockwell bus garage Source Fedeuk In the depths of the Golden Lane Estate in the City of London. Source Aridley88 The brutal Guoman Tower hotel next to Tower Bridge: is this London's ugliest building? Source Brighton Understated beauty at the Barbican. Source Jonas Prism The SOAS building, just off Russell Square. Source Solarpatrick Ministry of Justice, Westminster. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk Part of the Seven Ages of Man sculpture at Baynard House, Blackfriars. Source Mattbooy National Theatre, Southbank was designed by architects Sir Denys Lasdun and Peter Softley and structural engineers Flint & Neill. It opened between 1976 and 1977. Source Atmoorehead Brunel University Lecture Centre. Source Londonist Crystal Palace Sports Centre. Source Highriselights The Aylesbury Estate, Walworth. Source London Gram The National Theatre is often cited as an archetype of brutalist architecture in England. Source Instagram Sampson House, Blackfriars. Source Allwillb The National Theatre has been Grade II* listed since 1994. Source Melissacmorris Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in Belgravia. Source Richard Wilson Looking down on brutalism at the Barbican. Source Mrwhisper Centre Point. Source Samlucasmore One of five Corbusier-inspired blocks on the Alton Estate, Roehampton. Source Londonfromtherooftops Trellick Tower in the mist. Source Richard Wilson The Alexandra Road Estate, Swiss Cottage. Source Londonist The whole Barbican is Grade II listed. Source Daveburt Inside Trellick Tower. Source Designmuseum Canary Wharf Underground Station Source Instagram Royal College of Physicians near Regent's Park. Source E Architect All the shades of grey at Centre Point. Source Richard Wilson The Civil Aviation Authority building, between Covent Garden and Kingsway. Source Solarpatrick Camden Town Hall. Source Blairthomson Weston Rise Estate on Pentonville Road. Source By Jack Trellick Tower: brutalism through the branches. Source Instagram Welbeck Street in the West End. Source Peter Uk70 The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Source Adlerose Ventilation in Myatts Fields, South London. Source Derelictlondon The Ministry of Justice. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk Castle Baynard. Source Auketts Weston Rise Estate near King's Cross. Source 20bedfordway Inside the SOAS Library. Source Es Kwon Brutal balconies at Brixton Rec Centre. Source Brixtonblog Glenkerry House, Poplar; the Balfron Tower's baby brother. Source Brutalism:online The Embassy of the Czech Republic at the junction of Kensington Palace Gardens and Bayswater Road. Source Pouru University of London's Institution of Education. Source Fedeuk Brutalism in Covent Garden. Source Ben Pedroche Splashes of gold on Golden Lane Estate, built in the 1950s. Source Lizetta The brilliantly brutal National Theatre on the South Bank. Source Garconjon Finsbury Estate, Islington. Source Timslessor The Rowley Way Estate (properly called the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate) was built between 1972 and 1978. It is constructed from site-cast, board-marked white, unpainted reinforced concrete. Source Robertwardw9 The 1930s brutalist Spa Green Estate between Rosebery Avenue and St John St in Clerkenwell. Source This Brutal House The Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, more commonly called Rowley Way, is a housing estate in Camden. Source Theboygeniuz The Curtain Road car park in Shoreditch. Maybe not brutalist as such, but pretty brutal looking. Source London Gram
Last Updated 27 February 2017