Strata SE1

Brixton, Peckham & South London

Voted 'Britain's ugliest new building' when it appeared, the Strata SE1 building (nicknamed the 'Razor') is topped with three wind turbines that never seem to turn (partly as they cannot rotate to face into the prevailing winds, although reports also suggest they were too noisy for upper-floor residents).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Brixton, Peckham & South London attractions

1. Imperial War Museum

0.45 MILES

Fronted by an intimidating pair of 15-inch naval guns and a piece of the Berlin Wall, this riveting museum is housed in what was the Bethlem Royal…

2. Newport Street Gallery

0.75 MILES

Newport Street Gallery hosts artist Damien Hirst's personal collection in a series of converted industrial buildings that were once used as scenery…

3. Beefeater Distillery

0.78 MILES

Beefeater, established in 1863, is the oldest gin distillery still producing in London. The company opens its factory to visitors on 90-minute tours,…

4. Crossbones Garden


This peaceful, if slightly ramshackle, garden is an unconsecrated burial ground where those living on the margins of society were buried until 1853. It's…

5. Beaconsfield Gallery

0.82 MILES

Housed in an old Victorian school, this contemporary art gallery hosts a steady stream of exhibitions, talks and events. The on-site cafe serves ethically…

6. Garden Museum

0.88 MILES

Housed in the disused church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, this peaceful, green-fingered museum takes a close look at the 17th-century, father-and-son Tradescant…

7. White Cube Bermondsey


The newest and largest of the White Cube galleries, this spot impresses with its large exhibition spaces, which lend themselves to monumental pieces or…

8. Lambeth Palace


A gorgeous red- and fired-brick Tudor gatehouse, dating from 1495 and located beside the church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, leads to Lambeth Palace, the…