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