Westminster Airport and Trafalgar Square pyramid: How London could have looked had bizarre architecture projects gone ahead

David Harding
Contributor
The plan for a Westminster airport (Barratt)

It’s London but not as we know it.

Images have surfaced of what London would have looked like if some amazing architectural projects had been given the go-ahead.

The plans include astonishing developments for some of the most well-known sites in the British capital.

And even in a city with such architectural landmarks, such as Big Ben or the Tower of London, some of the plans turned down would have been jaw-dropping.

The Central London Monorail

Traffic has long been a problem in London and in the late 1960s one designer came up with the plan to take buses off the road and put them in the air.

Specifically, the idea was to get rid of all buses and put in a monorail in central London.

There were even images drawn up to show what it would like – but the idea never got off the ground.

The Regent Street monorail (Barratt)
What the street actually looks like today (Barratt)

Westminster City Airport

A long=-standing London row is what to do with the city’s main airport.

Build a new one, build on on an island, or just build a new runway at Heathrow?

Back in 1934, plans were drawn up for a London airport above the River Thames, situated right next to the Houses of Parliament, in between Westminster Bridge and the relatively new Lambeth Bridge.

Sadly, it was never given the green light.

How it would have looked, with an airport attached (Barratt)
The 1934 plan for the Westminster airport (Barratt)
What Westminster looks like today (Barratt)

The Trafalgar Square Pyramid

Trafalgar Square is one of the most recognisable parts of London

But it could have looked entirely different if the original monument was accepted by city planners.

Instead of Nelson’s column, there was a plan in the 1820s for the a 300-feet pyramid monument to celebrate the victories of the Battle of Trafalgar and the Battle of the Nile.

The pyramid was set to be taller than St Paul’s Cathedral, with 22 steps paying tribute to each year of the two Anglo-French wars.

The idea though was never approved.

The Trafalgar Square pyramid (Barratt)
Trafalgar Square today (Barratt)