London’s architectural delights

I’m very lucky to live in a city that has such history. I often walk to and from work and during my lunch break, where I try to wander down streets I’ve never been before. I think London is one of those cities where you could walk for a lifetime and still not see everything.

One of my favourite things to do while I walk is to really look around me and notice the city’s architecture – it’s so diverse. From Victorian buildings dating back to the 1800s to new skyscrapers such as Renzo Piano’s The Shard.

But I’m not just content to look. I have to photograph them too. So here are a few of my favourite buildings and, if like me, you’re a fan of architecture then take a look at my Instagram account – @LondonKirsty.

One of my regular walking routes takes me past the Foreign and Commonwealth office, which is right next to the Horse Guards Parade.

The Old Admiralty Offices, which are now used by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in Westminster.

The Old Admiralty Offices, which are now used by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in Westminster.

I absolutely love art deco and this is one of my favourite London examples.

A 1930's Art Deco former cinema in Bayswater, which are now apartments.

A 1930’s Art Deco former cinema in Bayswater, which are now apartments.

This is just an architectural- lover’s delight. It’s like a chocolate box of beautiful buildings.

A selection of shops on New Bond Street

A selection of shops on New Bond Street

I’m not sure what this building is but it’s in Mayfair near the Royal Academy of Arts. I just love the gold, which glistens when the sun catches it.

MayfairThis old court inn is near the Ritz on Blue Bell Yard. My friend Shelley, who has a degree in Historical Building Conservation, says that there aren’t many of these left in London.

The Stafford Hotel is an old court inn.

The Stafford Hotel is an old court inn.

There’s something quite mesmerising about The Shard. It really does stand out.

The Shard

The Shard

What are your favourite buildings in London?

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