100 days of London: Roundup 81-90
As we near the end of what feels like an epic journey, here is the latest roundup:
Brixton Academy | Midnight: Brixton Academy became a music venue in the early 1980s. Grade II listed and an Art Deco interior, the history of the building dates back to 1929 when it opened as an Astoria cinema. The venue has hosted incredible gigs, often marking significant moments in an artist's career.
Covent Garden Inside | Sunset: Inside the Covent Garden piazza. Although markets existed on the site for hundreds of years, the actual building housing today's shops was only opened in 1830, designed by Charles Fowler.
Hornsey Town Hall | Exotic: Modernist in style, Grade II listed #HornseyTownHall in Crouch End was built in 1935, designed by Reginald Uren.
Business Design Centre | Rustic: Islington Business Design Centre started out as the Royal Agricultural Hall in 1862. Originally designed by Frederick Peck, it was redeveloped in the 1980s to become the centre it is today.
Tooting Market | Jewel: This South London market has existed since the 1930s. Home to food, fashion and art, it's a big part of local life, in our Jewel colours to reflect the vibrancy. Currently under threat from Crossrail, there is a petition to stop it being demolished.
National Theatre Southbank | Midnight: The theatre on South Bank was designed by Denys Lasdun. Controversial in its Brutalist style, it was completed in 1976. Grade II listed, its a great space housing three theatres and terraces that wrap around.
Kings Cross Station | Jewel: The multi award winning Kings Cross Station, Western Concourse, designed by John McAslan & Partners. Opened in 2012, I love the contrast between the modern structure inside and the restored Victorian entrance.
Alexandra Palace | Sunset: Alexandra Palace built as a Victorian entertainment and leisure space. Originally built in 1873, within weeks it was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1875. In 1980, a second fire destroyed the building, which was then restored and the one we see today opened in 1988. Famous for its incredible views of the city, its now used for both public and private events.
Lloyds Building | Dawn: Designed by Richard Rodgers, the Lloyds building opened in 1986. It took 8 years to build and is Grade I listed. Famous for its innovative design which features staircases, lifts, pipework on the exterior of the building.
Aquatics Centre | Sunset: The Aquatics Centre with its fluid design was designed by Zaha Hadid in 2004. It opened in 2011, a main venue for the 2012 Olympics and is now open to the general public. The design is inspired by the movement of water.