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Tall buildings in London
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Tall buildings in London

London is a city with strict limits to building height and with protected views of certain buildings from particular locations (notably St Paul's). Permission to build skyscrapers in the centre of the city is granted on a case-by-case basis. For this reason, tall buildings in central London are notable landmarks.

Until the early 1960s buildings in London were restricted to 100 feet (30 metres) in height, although there were some exceptions to this rule. This restriction was put in place so as to keep every floor of a building in reach of the fire brigade's ladders. The lifting of the height restriction caused a sudden boom in the building of tall buildings during the 1960s.

Table of contents
1 Structures taller than 100m
2 Other famous tall buildings
3 External links

Structures taller than 100m

High-rise buildings

Name Height (m) Floors Built
1. 1 Canada Square (Canary Wharf Tower) [C] 235 50 1991
2. 8 Canada Square (HSBC Building) [C] 200 45 2002
3. 25 Canada Square (Citigroup Centre) [C] 200 45 2001
4. BT Tower (formerly Post Office Tower) 183 43 1965
5. Tower 42 (formerly NatWest Tower) 183 43 1980
6. 30 St Mary Axe (the Swiss Re Building) 180 40 2003
7. One Churchill Place (Barclays Bank HQ) [U] 156 32 2004
8. 25 Bank Street [H] 153 33 2003
9. 40 Bank Street [H] 153 33 2003
10. 10 Upper Bank Street [H] 151 32 2003
11. Guy's Tower 143 34 1974
12. CityPoint 127 36 1967
13. Euston Tower 124 36 1970
14. Shakespeare Tower [B] 123 43 1976
15. Lauderdale Tower [B] 123 43 1974
16. Cromwell Tower [B] 123 42 1973
17. Millbank Tower 118 32 1963
18. St. Helen's 118 28 1969
19. Centre Point 117 35 1967
20. Empress State Building 117 31 1961
21. King's Reach Tower 111 30 1978
22. 1 West India Quay 111 34 2004
23. Shell Tower 107 26 1961
24. 33 Canada Square 105 18 1999
25. 99 Bishopsgate 104 26 1976
26. Portland House 101 29 1963
27. The London Hilton on Park Lane 101 29 1963
28. Southwark Towers 100 25 1976
29. Draper's Gardens 100 30 1967
30. Stock Exchange Tower 100 26 1970

Other structures

Name Height (m) Built
1 Crystal Palace Transmitter 222 1950
2 The London Eye 135 1999
3 Wembley Stadium [U] 133 2005
4 St Paul's Cathedral 112 1710
5 Victoria Tower (at the Palace of Westminster) 102 1858

[U] Under construction.
[C] Part of the Canary Wharf Complex.
[B] Part of the Barbican Estate.
[H] Part of the Heron Quays Complex.

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Other famous tall buildings

Name Height (m) Built
  Trellick Tower 98 1972
  Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster (Big Ben) 96 1859
  Lloyd's building 95 1986
  Millennium Dome 95 1999
  St Pancras railway station 82 1868
  The London Ark 76 1992
  OXO Tower 67 1900
  The Old Bailey 67 1907

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