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5 Iconic Buildings in London – The Juicy Details you need to know

London is one of the cities that is known for being home to some of the spectacular building designs of the world. The city's architectural diversity consists of both modern building designs as well as medieval structures. Here are 5 of such architectural masterpieces that are significant part of London's skyline.

1

St Paul's Cathedral

This unique masterpiece was designed in 1673 by Sir Christopher Wren. For centuries this has been a significant part of the city's identity. Most of the country's grand ceremonies are held in this cathedral. Until the BT Tower was built, this historic work of art dominated London's skyline as the tallest building for over 300 years.

2

British Museum

Established in 1753, the British Museum is recognized as the world's first national public museum that is open for free to everyone. The museum's modern building is designed by Sir Robert Smirke. This Greek revival style building is home to 8 million amazing items. From the Elgin marbles in Athens to Rosetta stone in Egypt, visitors can find many of the ancient wonders of the world. The British Museum is located in close proximity to most of the hotels in the city such as Berjaya Eden Park London Hotel. If you are staying in a hotel in Bayswater make sure to visit this wonderful place to learn more about the ancient wonders of the world.

3

Houses of Parliament

Built in the 19th century, the House of Parliament in Westminster is the country's most significant building when it comes to making important decisions and passing laws. This historic building is one of the best examples that can be quoted for Gothic Revivalist architectural examples. During the World War II, the parliament was bombed 12 times in one night where the chamber of the house of commons was destroyed in the process. In 1941, it was redesigned by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

4

The Sharde

Completed in 2012, this building is the tallest skyscraper in London and the 4th in the Europe. This 95 story skyscraper is designed to resemble a shard of glass that looks over the Thames. Views of the Tower Bridge, Borough market, the Tower of London and spectacular views of the Thames river can be seen from the observation deck of this building.

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The Gherkin

This unique building can be immediately recognized because of its unique bullet shape. The Gherkin was designed by one of the world's most sought after architects, Sir Norman Foster. This neo-futuristic tower is one of the first contemporary skyscrapers added to London's skyline giving a twist of modernization to it. In 2004, Foster and Partners won the prestigious RIBA Sterling Prize award for the best new building. Today, it is recognized as a significant addition to both London's architectural and cultural heritage.

Most of these iconic buildings are located in close proximity at the heart of London allowing you to visit them in one go without taking much time. When in London, make sure to get hold of the sight of these buildings and take a look at the city from the top of these building's observation decks.