Panoramic photos reveal how much London has changed in the past decade

London’s changing skyline: Incredible panoramic photographs reveal how much the city has changed in the past decade with a host of new skyscrapers now dominating the landscape

  • From vertiginous vantage points, James Burns has photographed the capital’s ever-changing landscape 
  • He is showcasing the images, taken over a ten-year period, in a new exhibition at The Steel Yard in London 
  • His pictures show how London’s dramatic skyline has undergone radical changes over the years 

A stunning series of images have captured London’s dramatic skyline as it undergoes radical changes over the years. 

From vertiginous vantage points, James Burns has photographed the capital’s ever-changing landscape over a ten-year period.

His pictures, taken during misty dawns and electric midnight storms, capture world-famous heritage sites sitting in the shadow of skyscapers including The Shard and The Gherkin, with cranes in-situ ready to get started on the next high-rise.  

Mr Burns is now showcasing his work as the decade draws to a close. He said: ‘I thought what better time to take a look back at what has been a phenomenal ten years for the skyline of our great city. Before the 2010’s began, not a great deal had changed since the turn of the millennium. 

‘We all fell in love with The Gherkin but it seemed that when I was starting out, London was demolishing more high-rise buildings than it was actually building them, as 1960’s council housing tower blocks were being torn down in significant numbers.

‘When the Olympics were announced in 2005, the wheels of motion for dramatic change began to turn. Brownfield sites, industrial areas, social housing estates and old office blocks were earmarked for regeneration on a scale London hadn’t seen since the post-war housing boom.’ 

  • The exhibition is on at The Steel Yard, London from November 19 to 21, from 12pm to 11pm.

2009-2019: As the decade draws to a close, these images show how London’s skyline has changes over a ten-year period

2017: The full moon over The Gherkin and The Shard in the City of London

2010: The Gherkin towers above its neighbours (left) while St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey take centre stage as One Canad Square reaches 770 feet above ground level (back right) 

2016: Italian architect Renzo Piano’s creation, The Shard towers 95-storeys in the Shard Quarter development



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