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.
In the depths of the Golden Lane Estate in the City of London. Source Aridley88 Brunel University Lecture Centre. Source Londonist The Danish Embassy in London. Source Alex James Bruce The abandoned Heygate Estate in Walworth, Southwark (now demolished) Source Reelness 360 Ventilation in Myatts Fields, South London. Source Derelictlondon The National Theatre has been Grade II* listed since 1994. Source Melissacmorris Inside the SOAS Library. Source Es Kwon Finsbury Estate, Islington. Source Timslessor Camden Town Hall. Source Blairthomson Glenkerry House, Poplar; the Balfron Tower's baby brother. Source Brutalism:online Canary Wharf Underground Station Source Instagram Trellick Tower in the mist. Source Richard Wilson 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 The 1930s brutalist Spa Green Estate between Rosebery Avenue and St John St in Clerkenwell. Source This Brutal House The brutalist Keybridge House in Vauxhall. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk Brutalism on York Road, London. Source Sywater Part of the Seven Ages of Man sculpture at Baynard House, Blackfriars. Source Mattbooy University of London's Institution of Education. Source Fedeuk Kings College London, Aldwych. Source Allwillb One of five Corbusier-inspired blocks on the Alton Estate, Roehampton. Source Londonfromtherooftops The Alexandra Road Estate, Swiss Cottage. Source Londonist Royal College of Physicians near Regent's Park. Source E Architect Centre Point. Source Samlucasmore Understated beauty at the Barbican. Source Jonas Prism Sampson House, Blackfriars. Source Allwillb The whole Barbican is Grade II listed. Source Daveburt Ministry of Justice, Westminster. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk St Giles Hotel, Bloomsbury. Source Fedeuk The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Source Adlerose 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 Splashes of gold on Golden Lane Estate, built in the 1950s. Source Lizetta Crescent House, Golden Lane Estate. Source Lizetta The Aylesbury Estate, Walworth. Source London Gram Looking down on brutalism at the Barbican. Source Mrwhisper Weston Rise Estate near King's Cross. Source 20bedfordway The Curtain Road car park in Shoreditch. Maybe not brutalist as such, but pretty brutal looking. Source London Gram The Brunswick Centre is a grade II listed residential and shopping centre in Bloomsbury, Camden. Source Eelyn1 Inside Trellick Tower. Source Designmuseum The Embassy of the Czech Republic at the junction of Kensington Palace Gardens and Bayswater Road. Source Pouru The Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, more commonly called Rowley Way, is a housing estate in Camden. Source Theboygeniuz The brutal Guoman Tower hotel next to Tower Bridge: is this London's ugliest building? Source Brighton Brutal balconies at Brixton Rec Centre. Source Brixtonblog Stockwell bus garage Source Fedeuk Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower. Source Richard Wilson Trellick Tower: brutalism through the branches. Source Itsandremartins Sheraton Park Tower Hotel in Belgravia. Source Richard Wilson The SOAS building, just off Russell Square. Source Solarpatrick Welbeck Street in the West End. Source Peter Uk70 The Ministry of Justice. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk All the shades of grey at Centre Point. Source Richard Wilson Crystal Palace Sports Centre. Source Highriselights The National Theatre is often cited as an archetype of brutalist architecture in England. Source Instagram Brutalism in Covent Garden. Source Ben Pedroche Castle Baynard. Source Auketts Weston Rise Estate on Pentonville Road. Source By Jack The brilliantly brutal National Theatre on the South Bank. Source Garconjon Camberwell College of Arts. Source Alex James Bruce The Civil Aviation Authority building, between Covent Garden and Kingsway. Source Solarpatrick The brutalist Brunswick Centre in Camden achieved Grade II status in 2000. Source Solarpatrick
Last Updated 27 February 2017