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The Evolving Architecture of London

The Shard is easily the tallest building in Western Europe but would look scrawny next to the Lotte World Tower in Seoul; to access the viewing platforms costs $42 if you don't have a London Pass

The Shard is easily the tallest building in Western Europe but would look scrawny next to the Lotte World Tower in Seoul; to access the viewing platforms costs $42 if you don't have a London Pass

This 38 story building, completed in 2014, is usually called the Walkie-Talkie Building; in 2015 it was awarded the Carbuncle Cup for the worst new building in the UK in the previous 12 months

This 38 story building, completed in 2014, is usually called the Walkie-Talkie Building; in 2015 it was awarded the Carbuncle Cup for the worst new building in the UK in the previous 12 months

The Monument was designed by Christopher Wren and completed in 1677; the Doric column commemorates the 1666 Great Fire of London which destroyed most of the medieval city

The Monument was designed by Christopher Wren and completed in 1677; the Doric column commemorates the 1666 Great Fire of London which destroyed most of the medieval city

This building designed by Norman Foster is commonly called The Gherkin; it stands on the former sites of the Baltic Exchange and Chamber of Shipping, which were extensively damaged in 1992 in a bombing by the Provisional IRA

This building designed by Norman Foster is commonly called The Gherkin; it stands on the former sites of the Baltic Exchange and Chamber of Shipping, which were extensively damaged in 1992 in a bombing by the Provisional IRA

Norman Foster designed London City Hall which opened in 2002;  even with new tolls for driving in Central London, the streets were often clogged

Norman Foster designed London City Hall which opened in 2002; even with new tolls for driving in Central London, the streets were often clogged

This beautiful Georgian building, called Apsley House, was the London home of the first Duke of Wellington and has changed very little since his great victory at Waterloo in 1815

This beautiful Georgian building, called Apsley House, was the London home of the first Duke of Wellington and has changed very little since his great victory at Waterloo in 1815

There is so much exceptional architecture in London, such as the Royal College of Organists building; the most efficient and fastest way to get around London is by the tube (1.3  billion people ride the London subway each year)

There is so much exceptional architecture in London, such as the Royal College of Organists building; the most efficient and fastest way to get around London is by the tube (1.3+ billion people ride the London subway each year)

At nearly 25 meters tall, the Victoria Memorial remains the tallest monument to a King or Queen in England; completed in 1924, the memorial stands right in front of Buckingham Palace

At nearly 25 meters tall, the Victoria Memorial remains the tallest monument to a King or Queen in England; completed in 1924, the memorial stands right in front of Buckingham Palace

The Wellington Arch was built in 1830 and connects Hyde Park with Green Park; It originally supported a colossal equestrian statue of the 1st Duke of Wellington but a bronze chariot has topped the arch since 1912

The Wellington Arch was built in 1830 and connects Hyde Park with Green Park; It originally supported a colossal equestrian statue of the 1st Duke of Wellington but a bronze chariot has topped the arch since 1912

During World War II, Buckingham Palace was bombed nine times, the most serious and publicized of which destroyed the palace chapel in 1940; the forecourt of Buckingham Palace is used for Changing of the Guard, a major ceremony and tourist attraction

During World War II, Buckingham Palace was bombed nine times, the most serious and publicized of which destroyed the palace chapel in 1940; the forecourt of Buckingham Palace is used for Changing of the Guard, a major ceremony and tourist attraction

Construction of the present Westminster Abbey began in 1245, on the orders of King Henry III; since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey

Construction of the present Westminster Abbey began in 1245, on the orders of King Henry III; since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey

Admiralty Arch was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria, and completed in 1912; in 2012, the government sold a 125-year lease over the building for redevelopment into a Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel and four apartments

Admiralty Arch was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria, and completed in 1912; in 2012, the government sold a 125-year lease over the building for redevelopment into a Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel and four apartments

The Neo-Classical St Martin in the Fields Church sits on the edge of Trafalgar Square; the church is famous for its work with young and homeless people

The Neo-Classical St Martin in the Fields Church sits on the edge of Trafalgar Square; the church is famous for its work with young and homeless people

There are 230  theaters in London; it's often possible to get cheap tickets on the day of performance through an office in Leicester Square

There are 230+ theaters in London; it's often possible to get cheap tickets on the day of performance through an office in Leicester Square

At the time of its construction in 1860, the Victoria Tower was the tallest square tower in the world; the Victoria Tower was purpose-built as a fireproof repository for books and documents after the fire of 1834

At the time of its construction in 1860, the Victoria Tower was the tallest square tower in the world; the Victoria Tower was purpose-built as a fireproof repository for books and documents after the fire of 1834

Having opened in 1897. the Tate Britain houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all of his collection to the nation

Having opened in 1897. the Tate Britain houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all of his collection to the nation

The Nine Elms area of Vauxhall on the south bank of the Thames is being totally transformed; the English seem as impressed with Boris Johnson as most Americans are with President Trump

The Nine Elms area of Vauxhall on the south bank of the Thames is being totally transformed; the English seem as impressed with Boris Johnson as most Americans are with President Trump

This Georgian quadrangle, which was built on the site of a Tudor palace belonging to the Duke of Somerset, was designed in 1776 and now hosts an ice skating rink every winter; scenes from Golden Eye and Tomorrow Never Dies were shot here

This Georgian quadrangle, which was built on the site of a Tudor palace belonging to the Duke of Somerset, was designed in 1776 and now hosts an ice skating rink every winter; scenes from Golden Eye and Tomorrow Never Dies were shot here

The Guildhall, built in 1440, has been used as a town hall for several hundred years, and is still the ceremonial and administrative center of the City of London

The Guildhall, built in 1440, has been used as a town hall for several hundred years, and is still the ceremonial and administrative center of the City of London

Marble Arch was designed in 1827 to be the state entrance for Buckingham Palace; it was later moved to allow the road to be widened and now sits in a busy traffic circle

Marble Arch was designed in 1827 to be the state entrance for Buckingham Palace; it was later moved to allow the road to be widened and now sits in a busy traffic circle

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