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.
Ventilation in Myatts Fields, South London. Source Derelictlondon The Brunswick Centre is a grade II listed residential and shopping centre in Bloomsbury, Camden. Source Eelyn1 The 1930s brutalist Spa Green Estate between Rosebery Avenue and St John St in Clerkenwell. Source This Brutal House The National Theatre is often cited as an archetype of brutalist architecture in England. Source Instagram Brunel University Lecture Centre. Source Londonist Centre Point. Source Samlucasmore The brutalist Brunswick Centre in Camden achieved Grade II status in 2000. Source Solarpatrick Camberwell College of Arts. Source Alex James Bruce The brutal Guoman Tower hotel next to Tower Bridge: is this London's ugliest building? Source Brighton Trellick Tower in the mist. Source Richard Wilson The Civil Aviation Authority building, between Covent Garden and Kingsway. Source Solarpatrick Brutalism in Covent Garden. Source Ben Pedroche The brutalist Keybridge House in Vauxhall. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk Splashes of gold on Golden Lane Estate, built in the 1950s. Source Lizetta The Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, more commonly called Rowley Way, is a housing estate in Camden. Source Theboygeniuz In the depths of the Golden Lane Estate in the City of London. Source Aridley88 The Ministry of Justice. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk Crescent House, Golden Lane Estate. Source Lizetta Inside Trellick Tower. Source Designmuseum The brilliantly brutal National Theatre on the South Bank. Source Garconjon All the shades of grey at Centre Point. Source Richard Wilson Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower. Source Richard Wilson Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in Belgravia. Source Richard Wilson Ministry of Justice, Westminster. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk The abandoned Heygate Estate in Walworth, Southwark (now demolished) Source Reelness 360 Brutalism on York Road, London. Source Sywater The Danish Embassy in London. Source Alex James Bruce The Alexandra Road Estate, Swiss Cottage. Source Londonist University of London's Institution of Education. Source Fedeuk Kings College London, Aldwych. Source Allwillb Camden Town Hall. Source Blairthomson The Aylesbury Estate, Walworth. Source London Gram Welbeck Street in the West End. Source Peter Uk70 Royal College of Physicians near Regent's Park. Source E Architect Part of the Seven Ages of Man sculpture at Baynard House, Blackfriars. Source Mattbooy Crystal Palace Sports Centre. Source Highriselights The whole Barbican is Grade II listed. Source Daveburt 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 One of five Corbusier-inspired blocks on the Alton Estate, Roehampton. Source Londonfromtherooftops The Embassy of the Czech Republic at the junction of Kensington Palace Gardens and Bayswater Road. Source Pouru Finsbury Estate, Islington. Source Timslessor The SOAS building, just off Russell Square. Source Solarpatrick Brutal balconies at Brixton Rec Centre. Source Brixtonblog Looking down on brutalism at the Barbican. Source Mrwhisper The National Theatre has been Grade II* listed since 1994. Source Melissacmorris Canary Wharf Underground Station Source Instagram St Giles Hotel, Bloomsbury. Source Fedeuk The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Source Adlerose Castle Baynard. Source Auketts 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 Curtain Road car park in Shoreditch. Maybe not brutalist as such, but pretty brutal looking. Source London Gram Glenkerry House, Poplar; the Balfron Tower's baby brother. Source Brutalism:online Stockwell bus garage Source Fedeuk Weston Rise Estate on Pentonville Road. Source By Jack Inside the SOAS Library. Source Es Kwon Weston Rise Estate near King's Cross. Source 20bedfordway Sampson House, Blackfriars. Source Allwillb Understated beauty at the Barbican. Source Jonas Prism Trellick Tower: brutalism through the branches. Source Itsandremartins
Last Updated 27 February 2017