Here is a list of the most iconic contemporary buildings in London
30 St. Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
30 St Mary Axe is a commercial skyscraper in London’s primary financial district, the City of London. It was completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004. With 41 floors, it is 180 meters (591 ft) tall and stands on the sites of the former Baltic Exchange and Chamber of Shipping, which was extensively damaged in 1992 in the Baltic Exchange bombing by a device placed by the Provisional IRA in St Mary Axe, a narrow street leading north from Leadenhall Street.
The Millennium Bridge, officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, is a steel suspension bridge for pedestrians crossing the River Thames in London, England, linking Bankside with the City of London. It is owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. Construction began in 1998, and it initially opened on 10 June 2000.
City Hall is a building in Southwark, London which served as the headquarters of the Greater London Authority between July 2002 and December 2021. It is located in the London Borough of Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge.
The Great Court at the British Museum Reading Room
The new central courtyard at the British Museum opened one of the world finest museums to itself. A park once occupied the central part of the museum but it quickly became a storage area for the reading room. In 2000, Foster & Partners designed an elegant, glazed canopy with state-of-the-art engineering. The Great Court now serves as an exhibition that has opened the courtyard to everyone who visits.
The London Eye
The London Eye, or the Millennium Wheel, is a cantilevered observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel] and is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3 million visitors annually. The structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft). When it opened to the public in 2000 it was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.
Central Saint Giles
Central Saint Giles is a mixed-use development in central London. Built at the cost of £450 million and completed in May 2010, it was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and is his first work in the UK. The development consists of two buildings of up to 15 stories in height, arranged around a public courtyard lined with shops and restaurants. It is chiefly notable for its façades, covered with 134,000 glazed tiles in vivid shades: orange, red, lime green, and a warm yellow.
Strata SE1 is a 147-metre, 43-storey, multi-award-winning, building at Elephant & Castle in the London Borough of Southwark with more than 1,000 residents living in its 408 flats.