London is not only full of stories, but also full of storeys…….. *eye rolls and tumbleweed*. London’s skyline is set to look very different in 3 years time. This is what architects and builders are up to all across the city…
1. The Scalpel
The ‘Scalpel’ will stand next to the ‘Cheesegrater’ and is built on a slant so it doesn’t spoil the view of St Paul’s. It’ll be offices for fancy companies with lots of money.
2. Two Fifty One
Two Fifty One in Elephant and Castle, right by Mercato Metropolitano will be a 41 storey tower. It will be residential for the most part, but you’ll also find a gym, a private cinema and a couple of restaurants.
3. Manhattan Plaza
This swanky residential development was inspired by New York’s Meatpacking District, and is set to be ready by the end of 2017.
4. Keybridge House
Set to be the UK’s tallest residential brick tower, Keybridge House will come complete with landscaped gardens, a pool, a gym and a spa.
5. The Atlas
This building will be primarily student accommodation (jammy b*stards) and will have a beautiful roof garden on the 32nd floor.
Overlooking the Thames and facing the Tate Britain, the Merano building will be used for a variety of purposes, including residential.
7. Baltimore Tower
This 45 storey residential building in the Isle of Dogs will host a brasserie, bar and restaurant boasting incredible views across the skyline.
8. One Tower Bridge
This development, due to be completed this year, will have many uses, including a boutique hotel, restaurant and theatre.
9. One Blackfriars
One Blackfriars is set to have 50 storeys, housing both residents and a 161 bedroom hotel. It’s already been nicknamed the Vase (through lack of a better name we presume?) and it will change colour with the sky.
10. Embassy Gardens
This new complex will comprise of two residential towers that will be linked by a “Sky Pool”, a park, and the new US Embassy building… hence Embassy Gardens.
11. One Nine Elms
One Nine Elms will consist of two towers — one of which is set to be the tallest residential building in Western Europe, the other is set to be a hotel.
12. The Corniche
These fancy new flats will boast impressive floor to ceiling windows, through which residents will be able to look out at spectacular views of the Thames.
13. Manhattan Loft Gardens
Manhattan Loft Gardens will be full of outdoor space, meaning residents are never any further than 9 storeys away from a loft or sky garden. There’ll also be a pool, a spa, and fantastic views over Olympic Park.
14. London City Island
Yes, an Island. Surrounded entirely by water. (Besides a bridge of course… we’re not about to start paddling). It’s set to be the English National Ballet HQ, as well as homes, offices, restaurants, shops and walking/cycling paths.
15. One Merchant Square
New to finish next year, One Merchant Square will house apartments, a hotel and a sky bar offering 360° views of the city.
16. Chelsea Waterfront
This new riverside development will be made up of two glass residential buildings, as well as a landscaped garden, shops, restaurants and bars.
17. The Can of Ham
What is it with London giving stupid pet names to its buildings? The Can of Ham is due to arrive in 2019, after a very long construction process (building continued in 2015 after a 6 year break).
18. 22 Bishopsgate
22 Bishopsgate is due to rock up in 2019, and it will be the highest free-to-visit public space in London.
19. Ram Brewery
RAM Brewery is set to be a new urban quarter for Wandsworth, and it will include a triangular 36-storey residential tower.
20. Spire London
Boasting a huge 67 storeys, the Spire will become Europe’s tallest residential skyscraper (just as high as Canary Wharf’s tallest skyscraper, One Canada Square). It’s already got the name, the Flower Tower, because the design was based on an orchid, but we think it looks a little bit like something else…..