If there is one thing that has distinguished the British real estate market in recent times, it is the rise of London property prices. With purchase prices set to rise by 18% between now and the year 2020, property in the capital is sure to captivate a wealth of local and international investors while also driving wider economic expansion in the UK.
While London may be home to some of the most expensive properties in the world, however, it also hosts a diverse spectrum of architecture and design influences. So without further ado, here are five of the capital’s most amazing and iconic structures:
A visually inspiring history soaked building, Christ Church just happens to be based in one of London’s most notorious regions. The famous serial killer Jack the Ripper once stalked the courts and alleyways of Spitalfields market, although the area has experienced huge regeneration since the late 19th century. An icon of ‘baroque ’n’ roll’ architecture, this building was unveiled in 1729 and its brilliant white Portland stone shines like a religious beacon of hope to this day.
Showcasing bleak, grey lines and rough cast concrete, the National Theatre is the very embodiment of post-war, brutalist architectural design. It also proves that, like people, buildings to have to be classically beautiful to command or attention or draw compliments. Far removed from the elegance of classic London design, it remains a spectacular structure that is relevant and eye-catching in equal measure.
On a similar note, the Barbican serves as a collection of hulking grey buildings amidst a bright and contemporary metropolis. It is still an iconic and beautiful series of structures, however, as concrete buildings and jutting towers seem to reach out and tug at the conscious of everyone who crosses their path.
The iconic St. Pancras Station is a throw-back to previous generations of design, with its stunning red and coloured brick edifice and distinct Italianate style. The archetypal British train station, this structure was built in 1873 and remains a staple feature of the local community to this day.
This structure offers an incredible contrast between purpose and design, as while Freemason Hall was created as the home of Britain’s most covert society the building itself is huge and extremely eye-catching. An art-deco structure that covers an incredible two-and-a-quarter acre of land, it also features an iconic tower and huge, overbearing columns that flank the stylish entrance.