I’ve always loved Victorian architecture. With its Asian and Middle Eastern influences, I find it quite romantic and fascinating to look at. That’s why London is one of my favourite destinations in the UK to travel to. There are some great examples of Victorian architecture in the capital and below you’ll find just some of the top places to head to in order to spot them.
The Oval Cricket Ground
If you like your sports you can enjoy watching cricket while taking in a little Victorian architecture at the Oval Ground in London. There’s a beautiful Victorian Pavilion so don’t forget to take your camera!
The Royal Albert Hall
Another great example of architecture – you’ll love the beautiful Victorian doors – where you can enjoy an evening of entertainment is the Royal Albert Hall. It’s particularly well known for its annual proms concert that takes place each summer. It was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871 and top artists from all over the world have performed here over the years. There’s always something going on so it’s definitely worth heading here the next time you’re in the city.
The Palace of Westminster
There’s no denying that the Houses of Parliament are one of the most impressive buildings in London. The Palace of Westminster is a fine example of Victorian craftsmanship. It features a Perpendicular Gothic style and the Victoria Tower is known to be the most conspicuous feature of the palace. It was designed by Charles Barry and, once completed, the Tower was actually the tallest secular building in the world.
You might also like to take a trip to one of the many great museums in London to find out more about the Victorian period: for instance, The Victoria and Albert Museum is a stunning example of architecture from that era.
London has a fabulous mixture of architecture – everywhere you turn there’s an amazing building waiting to be discovered. You’ll need at least a long weekend to discover all that there is to see!
Image via Royal Albert Hall