In Photos: London's Landmarks Being Built

Eleana Overett
By Eleana Overett Last edited 16 months ago
In Photos: London's Landmarks Being Built

It's hard to imagine that at some point in time Tower Bridge, Nelson's Column and Harrods didn't exist in our city. Have you every wondered what their construction would have looked like to Londoners at the time? Take a look at this fascinating collection of photos that show iconic London structures going up - some of them even going into the record books.

Tower Bridge under construction
Source Buzzfeed
London's Canary Wharf Tower under construction, 1990
Source Cash Drop History
The "Walkie Talkie" and "Cheese Grater" under construction
Source Constructionglobal
The District line underground construction outside Somerset House, 1869
Source Hilary Chaplin
Post Office Tower, now the BT Tower, under construction 1960s
Source Old London
Having a break during the construction of Unilever House, Blackfriars
Source Old London
The "Cheesegrater" mid construction
Source Dezeen
Construction site to the west of Waterloo Bridge, 1866-1870
Source Old London
The Royal Observatory under construction, Greenwich, 1890
Source Old London
The Shard under construction
Source London Se1 Community Website
London Olympic Stadium under construction
Source Inhabitat
Arsenal's east stand. Lots of obstructed views
Source Old London
Workmen basking in the sun during a break in the construction of a new building at Baker Street station, 1929
Source Old London
Construction workers taking lunch break on the edges of the building they're working on, London, 1929
Source History in Pictures
North Bank Highbury, under construction in 1913
Source Old London
Blackfriars Bridge in London under construction in the 1760s showing the temporary wooden walkway.
Source Davenant
Penguin Pool under construction London Zoo, 1933
Source This Brutal House
Construction of the BT Tower began in 1961 and was completed four years later
Source Old London
Canary Wharf in the year 2000. Before this time, the pyramid-topped 1 Canada Square was the only skyscraper thereabouts
Source Wikimedia
The Shard in London, captured by Peter Kindersley when it was under construction
Source The Economist 1843
Sorting the roofs
Source Old Pics Archive
Liberty under construction in 1924
Source Tim Dunn
London Olympic Stadium going up
Source The Eye of a Needle Brighton
The Ritz was under construction in 1906.
Source The Ritz London
The making of the Coca-Cola neon sign for Piccadilly Circus, 1954.
Source Adbranch
The 'walkie talkie' under construction
Source Murphyz
A very early photograph of London showing Nelson's Column under construction, 1844
Source Davenant
High Street Kensington Underground station under construction, 1868
Source Davenant
Central line construction in 1898
Source The British Library
Skeleton discovery in Europe's largest construction project, Crossrail
Source The Atlantic Photo
A rare photograph of the construction of the Holborn Viaduct in London, September 1869
Source Davenant
Millenium Dome under construction
Source Wikimedia
The Hammersmith Flyover
Source Old London
London Olympic Stadium
Source Mpsasu
The Gherkin under construction
Source Skyscrapercity
On March 3rd 1998, construction began on London's 'Millennium Dome' - now known as the O2 Arena
Source Cryptolord
Harrods was under construction in 1904
Source Pinterest
The Shard under construction in November 2010
Source Tilanaelf
Construction of the London Eye on the banks of the River Thames, 1999
Source Cash Drop History
Construction of the Rotherhithe road tunnel, 1904
Source Old London
The link between the Westway and Shepherd's Bush under construction
Source Old London
Crossrail’s construction progress deep below ground across London
Source Crossrail Project
Old London Bridge on the right and its replacement under construction, looking north to the Monument.
Source Davenant
Selfridges under construction in 1908
Source Davenant
Tower Bridge under construction. Then and now
Source Old London
White City Stadium with the estate under construction, 1930s
Source Old London

Last Updated 03 July 2017