London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain. It’s one of the few places on Earth where cloud-piercing towers of glass neighbour stone cathedrals and churches. Taking a walk through London is like plunging yourself in a history of architecture. Here are our top 5 list of the most iconic buildings in London.
Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London. It is one of United Kingdom’s most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. It stands west of the Houses of Parliament in the Greater London borough of Westminster. Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful 700-year-old building.
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London.The origin of the nickname Big Ben is the subject of some debate. The nickname was applied first to the Great Bell. It may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell or after boxing’s English heavyweight champion Benjamin Caunt. It usually refers to both the clock and the tower.
Since 2010, the tallest structure in London has been The Shard, which tops out at 310 metres (1,017 ft). It is home to some of the best offices, restaurants and hotel rooms in London, along with breathtaking views. The Shard is made up of 11 000 glass panels on its exterior. The building is modelled after a shard of glass, hence its name. Its panels have a total area area of 56 000 square metres.
Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official and main royal London home. It has been the official London residence of Britain’s monarchy since 1837. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live there.
For more than 1 400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St. Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. It is an iconic feature of the London skyline and is well recognised across the world. From state funerals to exciting art installations, St. Paul’s Cathedral embraces tradition and innovation and remains a popular site for tourists. Its dome dominated the skyline for 300 years. It was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962.
These five are only the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to iconic buildings in London. As many of you know, the city offers plenty, when it comes to architecture and structural design. Having so many beautiful iconic buildings and structures requires lots of maintenance. If you happen to have a property in London, which needs maintenance or renovation, you can now take advantage of our limited offer for a free, professional site survey. Just ask.
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