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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Londoners reveal their favourite skyscrapers

28th March 2014

The city of London is known across the world for its iconic skyline, characterised by a unique fusion of historic structures like Big Ben and St Paul's with modern designs such as the Shard.

There are plenty of excellent spots across the capital from which this stunning cityscape can be enjoyed, with places like Primrose Hill and Greenwich Park offering unbeatable views across town.

When taking in the vista, there are a number of highlights you should look out for, and to help you identify the most interesting landmarks, a new poll has recently been conducted to discover which buildings are considered the most attractive by the city's residents.

Topping the list was the Gherkin, which can be found at 30 St Mary Axe in the so-called Square Mile and opened in 2003, with celebrated architect Norman Foster having designed the iconic building.

This was closely followed by the tallest building in the western hemisphere and London's most recently completed skyscraper, the Shard. Home to a number of restaurants and other amenities, the building is not only an iconic structure but also provides a fantastic vantage point from which to take in the skyline, with a viewing platform located some 244 m above the ground.

Third on the list was the Leadenhall Building - also known as the Cheesegrater - which can also be found in the City of London.

While the capital is home to a huge number of sleek and beautiful structures, not all of its tall buildings are considered to be aesthetically pleasing, with the Barbican being voted the most unsightly in the city.

However, in spite of its appearance, the Barbican is in fact one of the most fascinating and entertaining attractions in London, and hosts some world-class exhibitions and performances throughout the year.

For example, if you happen to be visiting over the next few months, you can enjoy installations such as Momentum, which uses light, sound and movement in a unique way in order to create a truly thrilling experience. Located between Farringdon and Moorgate, the Barbican is easily accessible from the Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch.


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