9 pictures of abandoned and derelict London that will astonish you

16:28 28 March 2014

The company that owned this building in Limehouse went bust mid-demolition (Picture: Paul Talling)

The company that owned this building in Limehouse went bust mid-demolition (Picture: Paul Talling)


London is a throbbing, vivacious city, bursting at the seams with activity - but you wouldn’t know from these fascinating shots of its neglected underbelly.

Millennium Mills, West Silvertown, east London

A 20th century flour mill not far from the Thames Barrier. Its overbearing presence in this image makes you question how it’s survived east London “regeneration” of late - and doubt whether it will.

Typewriter, Deptford

This raises lots of questions, not least whether it actually is a decaying typewriter or something more deliberate.

Warehouse, Isle of Dogs

So, about that “constant use”...



Feltham Arena, west London

This space used to be where Feltham FC played their matches, believe it or not.

Schwarzenegger’s gym, Forest Gate, east London

The Austrian weightlifter turned Californian governor trained here in the ‘60s. Now look at the place.

Plumstead, south east London

In a derelict industry estate not far from Woolwich lies this disused telephone box, turned an unfamiliar colour.

Sports pavillion, Isleworth

Once the stand at the Centaur’s Rugby Ground in Osterley saw sport, now it watches the grass grow.


The company who own the land this is built on went bust mid-demolition, leaving a sad and gutted monument to their financial ruin. Its contrast to the flats on the left, apparently a new build, is stark.

Paul Talling is to thank for all of the photography and much of the accompanying information. More about his work can be found at derelictlondon.com.

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