London Skyscrapers - Canary Wharf, Tower 42, The Gherkin and more detailed here

One Canada Square London

London Skyscrapers

London the capital of England's skyline is not as rigged as many other citys around the globe due to restrictions on building heights. These are to protect views of certain buildings from other locations in the capital including St Pauls Catherdral.

Up until the early 1960's building heights in London were limited to just 100 feet (30 metres), although as with many rules there were some exceptions to this rule. The primary reaosn for this rule was to make every floor of a building accessable to the fire brigades ladders.

The lifting of the height restrictions during the 1960's resulted in a building boom in the capital with many tallbuildings taking their spot in the london skyline. Today the most prominent tall building from that era is the Post Office Tower, now called the BT tower which was consturcted to be a Microwave relay station.

At the current time London has a total of 1,796 high-rise buildings from these figure you can see how low rise the city is when compared to say New York which is far denser with almost 6,000 high-rise buildings.

London Skyline by day view of the city from the thames river view of london at night
Views of the London Skyline
it may not be as diverse as other citys but London will soon have a full and mixed developed skyline of structures.

Heron Tower London
Heron Tower - also known as 110 Bishopsgate, the tower stands 230 metres (663 ft) tall including a mast of 28 metres, this makes it the tallest building in the City of London and the third tallest in the whole of London.

Bishopsgate TowerThe Bishopsgate Tower  - also known as DIFA Tower and The Helter Skelter. Planning permission given in early 2006, but with a lower height than the original 307m proposed, will be located in the central business district of london alongside the Gherkin crowning the skyline.

30 St Mary Axe, The Swiss Tower, London Gherkin30 St Mary Axe, The Gherkin, Swiss Tower - Whatever name you choose to call it this building has a unique design and looks at home in the london skyline.


One Canada Square Tower (Canary Wharf)One Canada Square - Known to many as the Canary Wharf Tower this building has been the tallest building in England for many years taking over from Tower 42, and will soon be taken over by the new arrival of buildings to sculpt the London skyline.

London Shard BridgeLondon Shard Bridge - Again due for completion around 2010 this building will be take over and become the tallest building in London and Europe.
The structure does look like a large shard of glass.


Tower 42 (Natwest Tower)Tower 42 (formely Natwest Tower) - Was the tallest skyscraper in London for over ten years until the arrival of the 1 Canada sqaure Canary Wharf development. This building still dominates the City of London skyline and is still best known by its original name.

London Skyscrapers

Londons first skyscraper did not appear until 1980 it was the Natwest Tower, now called Tower 42. Tower 42 stands 183 metres tall and the next skyscraper in london did not appear until 1991 with the arrival of 1 Canada Square this formed the centrepiece of the Canary wharf complex and stands at a height of 235 metres.

The following ten years resulted in a number of skyscrapers being built mostly located in the docklands area. Many new skyscraper devleopments are in the planning process with many due to begin constructing in the coming years. Many of these will be located near the recent developements of 8 Canada Square, 25 Canada Square, Heron Quays and 30 St Mary Axe.

Some of these devleopments will take the crown for the tallest building in the United Kingdom and become one of the tallest buildings in Europe.

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