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Seven Unusual Windows In London
Some of the most unusual windows you’ll ever see


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By Slimline on 28 October 2016
Posted in Property


London – a city that is steeped with history and culture, welding its own quirky heritage. Not only is this reflected in its extraordinary architecture, but also in other distinctive features, including windows.


Here we take a look at what we think are some of the most unusual windows you’ll find across London.

Take a day, and go and visit them in person – you’ll be glad you did.

Edwardian Home

Modern Edwardian Home

Designed by Syte architects, this unusual window took the existing bay window to another level.

Balanced out by the distinctive brick work, it makes the most of the focal point, helping to bring the outside in.

Identical Smashed Windows

Identical smashed windows

Windows really can be art, as this building in Hackney demonstrates. Artist Alex Chinneck has used this derelict building to good effect in his art exhibit, by displaying identically smashed window panes. We won’t offer any spoilers on how he created it – take a look for yourself, and discover the magic first-hand.

The OXO Tower

The OXO Tower

Originally built by the Oxo meat and gravy company, this building used a loophole to advertise its wares with the windows. Advertising on high towers at the time was not an option, so the windows were designed to mirror the company’s logo. At night, they are backlit by red light to provide a distinctive illumination.

Now a restaurant, not only do the windows look spectacular form outside, but they also provide diners superb views across London.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields’ weird window

St. Martin-in-the-Fields’ weird window

Go for a wander around Trafalgar Square and you might come across this rather unusual window. A distinctive feature of St. Martins-in-the-fields’ church, you might be forgiven for thinking your eyes were playing up.

Designed by the Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary, it breaks the mold of the normal stained glass window, making it difficult to look away.

Feast your eyes – this type of window doesn’t appear everywhere you happen to be.

The Champion, Fitzoria

The Champion, Fitzoria

You don’t normally visit pubs in London to wax historical about stained windows – but this pub is definitely the exception.

This series of widows, however, lack the biblical input – instead you’ll see sporting champions from across the years.

A special mention has to go out to the Edward Whymper window, celebrating the first gentleman to climb the Matterhorn.

The Rose window

The Rose window

Hidden until the warehouse that enveloped it was destroyed in WWII, this extravagant window is a real find. Situated in Southwark, this was once part of the fourteenth century Great Hall, one of the main features of the London Palace of the Bishops of Winchester.

London's Shop Christmas Windows

Harvey Nichols Christmas Window

Businesses across London compete to offer the most spectacular window displays at Christmas, and although these are not technically unusual windows, this list would not be complete with a peek at the best displays on offer.

Although the displays change each year, ones to watch include Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

 

So next time you fancy a day out in London, save your money on expensive shows or exhibits; take our window tour instead and get the Wow factor from an unusual aspect.


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