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Londoners loathe the Elephant and Castle

London SE1 website team

It's official: the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre is the most hated building in London, according to a survey for Time Out. Tate Modern tops the list of Londoners' favourites.

Other hated buildings in SE1 include the MI6 building at Vauxhall Cross (number 7 in the chart), Denys Lasdun's National Theatre (10), the South Bank Centre (12), and the Westminster Bridge Road roundabout (14).

London Bridge Station takes 15th place, with Tower Bridge coming in at number 19.

Time Out also asked architects, designers, writers and a panel of the magazine's own journalists to nominate their favourite buildings. Several SE1 buildings feature in the top 100.

Architect and designer Nigel Coates says of
HMS Belfast: "The giant shards of the battle cruiser's four-colour camouflage animate the structure, and might well have inspired some of Zaha Hadid's designs." He added: "Sail it away and its absence would be as obvious as Parliament without Big Ben or the city without the Gherkin."

The London Eye also wins praise from RIBA president George Ferguson: "It not only acts as a dignified but stupendous ride but is glimpsed from the most unexpected places, always delighting rather than offending".

Ironically the National Theatre, 10th most hated building in the public poll, also features in the experts' top 100, as does the Royal Festival Hall.

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