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