Beautiful Examples Of Brutalist Architecture In London

By Londonist Staff Last edited 23 months ago
Beautiful Examples Of Brutalist Architecture In London

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.

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

Last Updated 27 February 2017