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 The Shard under construction in November 2010 Source Tilanaelf Crossrail’s construction progress deep below ground across London Source Crossrail Project London Olympic Stadium Source Mpsasu Sorting the roofs Source Old Pics Archive London Olympic Stadium going up Source The Eye of a Needle Brighton Construction of the Rotherhithe road tunnel, 1904 Source Old London Penguin Pool under construction
London Zoo, 1933 Source This Brutal House Tower Bridge under construction Source Buzzfeed The Gherkin under construction Source Skyscrapercity The Royal Observatory under construction, Greenwich, 1890 Source Old London London's Canary Wharf Tower under construction, 1990 Source Histi Pics The District line underground construction outside Somerset House, 1869 Source Hilary Chaplin The making of the Coca-Cola neon sign for Piccadilly Circus, 1954. Source Adbranch On March 3rd 1998, construction began on London's 'Millennium Dome' - now known as the O2 Arena Source The 90s Diary Post Office Tower, now the BT Tower, under construction 1960s 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 Having a break during the construction of Unilever House, Blackfriars Source Old London A rare photograph of the construction of the Holborn Viaduct in London, September 1869 Source Sir William Davenant The Hammersmith Flyover Source Old London The link between the Westway and Shepherd's Bush under construction Source Old London The Shard under construction Source London Se1 Community Website Selfridges under construction in 1908 Source Sir William Davenant Construction of the London Eye on the banks of the River Thames, 1999 Source Histi Pics A very early photograph of London showing Nelson's Column under construction, 1844 Source Sir William Davenant Millenium Dome under construction Source Wikimedia The 'walkie talkie' under construction Source Murphyz The Shard in London, captured by Peter Kindersley when it was under construction Source The Economist 1843 The Ritz was under construction in 1906. Source The Ritz London Harrods was under construction in 1904 Source Pinterest Old London Bridge on the right and its replacement under construction, looking north to the Monument. Source Sir William Davenant Blackfriars Bridge in London under construction in the 1760s showing the temporary wooden walkway. Source Sir William Davenant High Street Kensington Underground station under construction, 1868 Source Sir William Davenant White City Stadium with the estate under construction, 1930s Source Old London North Bank Highbury, under construction in 1913 Source Old London Construction of the BT Tower began in 1961 and was completed four years later Source Old London Construction site to the west of Waterloo Bridge, 1866-1870 Source Old London London Olympic Stadium under construction Source Inhabitat Liberty under construction in 1924 Source Tim Dunn Central line construction in 1898 Source The British Library Arsenal's east stand. Lots of obstructed views Source Old London Tower Bridge under construction. Then and now Source Old London Skeleton discovery in Europe's largest construction project, Crossrail Source The Atlantic Photo The "Cheesegrater" mid construction Source Dezeen Construction workers taking lunch break on the edges of the building they're working on, London, 1929 Source History in Pictures Workmen basking in the sun during a break in the construction of a new building at Baker Street station, 1929 Source Old London
Last Updated 03 July 2017