Londons Tallest Buildings And How They Got Their Names

8 Canada Square (The Hsbc Tower) And 25 Canada Square (The Citigroup Tower), 200 Metres

Standing 50 storeys tall, Canary Wharf is Europe’s second tallest building. It was constructed as part of the Canary Wharf development along the Isle of Dogs (and almost a decade before the Docklands Light Railway). The tower is known for having the UK's highest public observation deck, at 244 metres, hence its exclamation mark in the logo seen on many of the bank's adverts. The building with the outdoor observation deck is not one of the HSBC towers (I can look at those from my balcony), but the Citigroup tower, also known as 25 Canada Square.

The buildings are separated by 200 metres, which makes it an ideal location for this shot, The London NET ( A London student's cultural attractions and quirky buildings According to the current mayor of London, the boroughs in central London include, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster and Camden. However, whether these are all the boroughs in central London depends on who you ask. Let’s take a look at each of these popular neighbourhoods. This is absolutely not true, as there are several ways.

Broadgate Tower, 164 Metres

The curved glass tower was designed by renowned Danish architect, Jan Gehry (who was also behind the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao). At 164 metres tall, it is one of the tallest buildings in London, but this is not what attracts attention. Rather, this is a building that appears to defy gravity. The slanted exterior angles seem to lean back from the wind, which gives the skyscraper its dynamic character. Its image has become iconic: from the Millennium Dome in West London all the way to Chinese cities like Chongqing and Guangzhou, Jan Gehry’s building has been imitated countless times.

From the top of the Broadgate Tower, you can clearly see how London’s Skyline has been transformed in recent years.  When it opened in 1980, 1 Canada Square was by far the city’s tallest building.  That was true for almost 30 years, until the NatWest Tower became taller in 2000. A year later, the Shard claimed its place at the pinnacle of London's skyline.  Add to those three skyscrapers Westminster, St Paul’s and Heron Quays, and you have a veritable forest of tower blocks looking down on north London.

Bt Tower, 177 Metres

There was a period of time where, if you went around West London, the people you talked to would have had no idea what a Sonic Screwdriver was. I personally think the good Doctor Who PR team did us all a disservice, as the more you watched the show the more you realized that the sonic screwdriver is one of its most useful (and most versatile) tools. Similarly, BT Tower has been around for a ridiculously long time without getting its due appreciation.

It simply is not as well known as some other famous buildings in London – heck, it even gets overlooked by those working right next door. In 2006 the tower was awarded Grade II listed status, coinciding with its recently acquired colour for charity communications. But why is it that The BT Tower is the only building in London that is coloured a garish shade of green? The answer lies in an early sponsorship deal that ironically had nothing to do with telecommunication.

The top, once occupied by a revolving restaurant, fetches a tidy sum in the capital’s real estate market — if you can get planning permission. London’s skyline is constantly evolving, and it was only a matter of time before someone got their mitts on the BT Tower. But what’s gone before?. The BT Tower, near St Luke’s Church in Fitzrovia, was built by John Mowlem and Co. Ltd (a British company) for British Telecom — which owns it, obviously.

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Laura Grace

Laura Grace

Main Contributor and Editor of The London NET