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.
The "Walkie Talkie" and "Cheese Grater" under construction Source Constructionglobal Construction workers taking lunch break on the edges of the building they're working on, London, 1929 Source History in Pictures Liberty under construction in 1924 Source Tim Dunn Having a break during the construction of Unilever House, Blackfriars Source Old London Post Office Tower, now the BT Tower, under construction 1960s Source Old London A rare photograph of the construction of the Holborn Viaduct in London, September 1869 Source Davenant Central line construction in 1898 Source The British Library North Bank Highbury, under construction in 1913 Source Old London The Gherkin under construction Source Skyscrapercity High Street Kensington Underground station under construction, 1868 Source Davenant Canary Wharf in the year 2000. Before this time, the pyramid-topped 1 Canada Square was the only skyscraper thereabouts Source Wikimedia London Olympic Stadium under construction Source Inhabitat Construction of the BT Tower began in 1961 and was completed four years later Source Old London Arsenal's east stand. Lots of obstructed views Source Old London Construction of the London Eye on the banks of the River Thames, 1999 Source Sports & Casino History Millenium Dome under construction Source Wikimedia London Olympic Stadium Source Mpsasu The Shard under construction Source London Se1 Community Website Penguin Pool under construction
London Zoo, 1933 Source This Brutal House The Hammersmith Flyover Source Old London The Royal Observatory under construction, Greenwich, 1890 Source Old London Selfridges under construction in 1908 Source Davenant Construction site to the west of Waterloo Bridge, 1866-1870 Source Old London A very early photograph of London showing Nelson's Column under construction, 1844 Source Davenant The Shard in London, captured by Peter Kindersley when it was under construction Source The Economist 1843 On March 3rd 1998, construction began on London's 'Millennium Dome' - now known as the O2 Arena Source Cryptolord Tower Bridge under construction Source Buzzfeed Blackfriars Bridge in London under construction in the 1760s showing the temporary wooden walkway. Source Davenant Skeleton discovery in Europe's largest construction project, Crossrail Source The Atlantic Photo The Ritz was under construction in 1906. Source The Ritz London The 'walkie talkie' under construction Source Murphyz Old London Bridge on the right and its replacement under construction, looking north to the Monument. Source Davenant London Olympic Stadium going up Source The Eye of a Needle Brighton The Shard under construction in November 2010 Source Tilanaelf Sorting the roofs Source Old Pics Archive Tower Bridge under construction. Then and now Source Old London Construction of the Rotherhithe road tunnel, 1904 Source Old London The District line underground construction outside Somerset House, 1869 Source Hilary Chaplin The "Cheesegrater" mid construction Source Dezeen The making of the Coca-Cola neon sign for Piccadilly Circus, 1954. Source Adbranch London's Canary Wharf Tower under construction, 1990 Source Sport & Casino History Workmen basking in the sun during a break in the construction of a new building at Baker Street station, 1929 Source Old London White City Stadium with the estate under construction, 1930s Source Old London Harrods was under construction in 1904 Source Pinterest 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
Last Updated 03 July 2017