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the once unloved architecture of the Southbank cultural centre which includes the National Theatre of Great Britain, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery is now one of Britain's iconic areas. Built with delicious dollops of concrete the style of this architecture is known as Brutalist which sounds a little.... brutal. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or to rip off another cliche 'one man's meat is another man's poison' but the public and critics views have softened - unlike the concrete - over the fifty or so years this Arts complex has been in existence. There are now tours offering an insider look at this '...masterpiece of modernist design'

Royal National Theatre London exterior view of the Brutalist architecture

This image is one of thirty three London photos selected for the month of June 2016

 photo by michael crossley (Peckham - Paris - New York)