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