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