London is a city full to the brim with unique architecture. With more than a millennia worth of buildings to explore, it’s no wonder that so many styles, shapes and stories have arisen from the buildings themselves. Guests at the Grande Royale Hotel London for instance, are housed in an Edwardian-era townhouse that has a history of Merchant Banker buyouts and Parisian design flare from the architects behind the Ritz. With every building holding a unique story, it’ll always benefit your visit to the city to learn a little more about the buildings you pass.
It may be a street art festooned townhouse or a unique cobbled tavern, but there will always be a building in the city that in passing, will catch the eye. Below is a number of unique buildings that are both striking in design and have a great story behind them.
Thin House Kensington
The thin house in Kensington’s Thurloe Square is only 7 feet wide and was built in such a way to make sure that there was space for the District and Circle Line, which runs straight behind it. This pricey building in West London has a lot of edge to it, in more ways than one!
M by Montcalm
The M by Montcalm is one of the most unique buildings in East London. Based right in the centre of tech city, the ultra-futuristic design of this building means that on approach it can appear to change shape, reflecting the unique and forward-thinking attitude of Old Street’s Tech City area.
Shell Huts of Victoria
The Victoria Shell Huts are some of the weirdest monuments in London. Located on Lower Grosvenor Gardens, the shell mosaiced huts were built in 1952 by Jean Moreaux who is responsible for the Palaces of France. With inspirations from the 18th-century fabriques style, these sheds don’t serve any real purpose except for storage and as a unique eye puller in the idyllic gardens.
Croydon Waterworks may not be the first building you think of visiting during your stay at Hotels near Bayswater Station, but if on passing the area you come across this Grade II listed beauty, you’ll no doubt want to take a photo, much like the street art portrayed paparazzi on the side door!
Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Based in west London’s Gunnersbury area, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral is a unique blue and gold-domed cathedral that’s available for tours. With it being the focus of much of the Russian Orthodox faith in London, this church was opened in 1999 to accommodate the growing number of Orthodox Russian’s living in the city.
The Horniman Museum is a Dulwich based building inspired by the arts and crafts movement. Designed for Frederick Horniman, a wealthy art and artefact collector and heir to the Horniman tea fortune, the museum has become one of the most unique museums in London, offering up exhibitions ranging from the exploration of Artificial Intelligence to ancient musical instruments and taxidermy. Whilst the interior is well worth a visit, the building itself is festooned with elaborate spires and a beautiful garden.