Discover the Quirky Architectural Highlights in London

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England’s capital city, London, is full of unusual and exciting architecture. The city is home to buildings from a variety of different time periods, each with its own unique style and character.

With so much fantastic architecture in London, it’s easy to explore plenty of interesting buildings even if you’re only staying in the capital for the short term. Student accommodation is available all over the city, so you will probably be living close to some of this quirky architecture wherever you’re staying!

City Hall

Free to visit, City Hall is home to the office of the London Mayor. Shaped like a beehive, City Hall can be compared to Berlin’s Reichstag, which was designed by the same architects, Foster & Partners.

The Churchill Arms

Over in West London, you’ll find The Churchill Arms. This iconic building was constructed in 1750 and is a tribute to the grandparents of Winston Churchill, who were both frequent visitors to the pub. The outside walls of the pub are covered in beautiful and colourful flowers, something which makes this a place you must visit especially if you’re staying in short term student accommodation in the Kensington area.

Wilton’s Music Hall

This East End building is believed to be the world’s oldest grand music hall. The brickwork is exposed, and the paint is peeling off the walls, giving the building an authentic and rugged appearance. Today, Wilton’s is used as a performing arts space, and is a great venue to visit if you’re looking to catch some music or a show.

The Walkie Talkie Tower

One of the most iconic buildings on London’s skyline, the Walkie Talkie Tower was designed by a Uruguayan architect and has a public viewing gallery right at the top of its 34-storey structure. Other quirky buildings in the city centre include the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater. Be sure to head up to the Walkie Talkie’s Sky Garden before you leave the capital.

Cabman’s Shelter

Built back in 1906, Cabman’s Shelter was constructed to provide shelter for horse-drawn cab drivers whilst they waited for new customers. The unusual, dark green appearance of Cabman’s is well worth a visit, with many of the shelters built during this period now lost. You’ll find it in Grosvenor Gardens, where it still serves as a shelter to today’s London cab drivers.

Trellick Tower

This iconic tower was completed in the early 1970s and was designed by a Hungarian architect. The flats at this brutalist West London building are very popular with the capital’s designers, with the narrow main building containing over 200 flats all connected to a separate tower where the elevator is located.

London is full of quirky and unusual architecture, including the Walkie Talkie Tower, City Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall. It’s all worth a visit, especially if you’re only in London for the short term. Student accommodation is available all over the city, so you’ll never be far from something interesting!
About author: Desiree Michels

Sophie Smith works an independent consultant, specialising in offering advice on short term student accommodation in London that offers an unbeatable experience for international students. Sophie has many suggestions to make sure that their time in the city is positive, safe and enjoyable.


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