Great British landmarks: 21 structures that define our landscape

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Our summer quest: to find the landmarks that truly define Britain in the 21st century. The appearance of the UK is changing at an unprecedented pace. So The Independent Traveller, along with BA’s High Life magazine, asked readers to nominate the structures that most enrich the nation.

We sifted through thousands of votes to come up with a long list of 40 landmarks, which were then presented for consideration by a distinguished panel of judges: Iwona Blazwick, director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery; Stephen Hodder, chairman of Hodder Associates and president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); Julia Bradbury, broadcaster with the BBC and ITV; architect Will Alsop, who, over the years, has won the Stirling Prize and the Civic Trust Award – twice; and Kerry Smith, editor of High Life.

The venue for judging was equally distinguished, and a landmark for central London: the Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street. Here, modernity and tradition coexist with ease, notably in the beautiful Pompadour Suite which is full of stories, from wartime liaisons to grand ceremonies.

21 landmarks for the 21st century
The top three
United Kingdom

1 Eden Project. Eden Project Eden Project

2 Angel of the North. (Wilka Hudson/Creative Commons) (Wilka Hudson/Creative Commons)

3 Coventry Cathedral. (Getty) (Getty)
The remaining 18:
London

* London Eye (MariaAngelia Picado/Flickr) (MariaAngelia Picado/Flickr)

* Millennium Bridge (AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry) (AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry)

* St Paul’s Cathedral People enjoy the sunshine in front of St Paul’s Cathedral in central London People enjoy the sunshine in front of St Paul’s Cathedral in central London

* Tate Modern (Getty) (Getty)

* Whitechapel Gallery (DAVID SANDISON) (DAVID SANDISON)
The South-east

* De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea

* Turner Contemporary, Margate (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Eastern England

* Lincoln Cathedral (Getty) (Getty)
The Midlands

* Selfridges, Birmingham The futuristic landmark Selfridges store at The Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham. The second city is one of the ten who’ve joined the call to seize back control from Westminster The futuristic landmark Selfridges store at The Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham. The second city is one of the ten who’ve joined the call to seize back control from Westminster

* Chatsworth, Derbyshire Butchers from the Chatsworth Estate wait for the funeral procession of Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire Butchers from the Chatsworth Estate wait for the funeral procession of Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire
The North-west

* Lovell Telescope, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire (David Muscroft/REX) (David Muscroft/REX)

* Grizedale Forest Sculptures, Cumbria

* ‘Singing Ringing Tree’, Burnley

* Albert Dock, Liverpool (Playstation) (Playstation)

* Blackpool Tower (Getty) (Getty)
Wales

* Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff lit green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff lit green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day
Scotland

* Edinburgh Castle High and mighty: Edinburgh Castle and city skyline (Getty) High and mighty: Edinburgh Castle and city skyline (Getty)
Northern Ireland

* Visitor Centre, Giant’s Causeway Giant’s Causeway visitor’s centre – Heneghan Peng Architects, Northern Ireland Giant’s Causeway visitor’s centre – Heneghan Peng Architects, Northern Ireland

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