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Christ Church (Lancaster Gate): This landmark church was largely demolished in 1977, thanks to dry rot.The spire still stands, but is cocooned in something brown, skeletal and unspeakable.

Imagine a city where Whitehall Palace still stands, and Old London Bridge yet straddles the Thames. We've not included the Overground or DLR, and have limited the scope to (roughly) zone 1.The ancient course of the River Walbrook was found beneath, along with many important Roman artefacts.A new headquarters for Bloomberg, and a visitor centre showcasing the remains of the Roman Temple of Mithras have now been constructed on the site.Known affectionately as Biscuit Town, the complex gave the world the chocolate digestive, garibaldi and bourbon biscuit. Many of the buildings remain, converted to office use.Another nearby 'lost district' is Jacob's Island, a notorious nest of criminals that features in Dickens's Oliver Twist as a hideout of Bill Sikes.Astley's circus developed over a succession of increasingly impressive buildings during the late 18th century.

It continued long after Astley's death and almost made it to the 20th century.

It was largely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, though fragments remained for many years after.

Bedlam (Liverpool Street): St Bethlehem's Hospital, or Bedlam as it was commonly called, was in medieval times located near what is now Liverpool Street station.

A whole heap of buildings such as Watkin's Folly and the White City Olympic stadium are left out, and we don't have room to include all the important stuff lost from central London.

Below, is a rough guide to each of the chosen lost landmarks, with links to further information.

Cripplegate (Barbican): A long-lost gateway into the Square Mile, which gave its name to a wider area around what is today the Museum of London.