The Cities Of Our Past Reimagined - A Journey Through Time

The UK has a rich history and cultural heritage that defines it. However, what if we could peel back the layers of time and reimagine iconic landmarks, breathing new life into the old and cherished? Well, Chums, the privately owned home shopping company has used AI (Artificial Intelligence) to take 5 landmarks and reimagine what they would look like if they were still here today. 

Join me on a journey through the cities of our past as we look at how Chums has envisioned a vibrant tapestry of history, technology, and innovation. In this blog post, I will explore the reimagining of five iconic landmarks: the Liverpool Overhead Railway, the Dome of Discovery and Skylon in London, the trams on Queen Street in Cardiff, Portobello Pool Edinburgh and the Margate Jetty.

Liverpool Overhead Railway

The Liverpool Overhead Railway, was once an engineering marvel that traversed the iconic waterfront.  Imagine, however, a reimagined Overhead Railway that seamlessly integrates modern technology with the charm of the past. Picture sleek, eco-friendly capsules gliding noiselessly above the Mersey, offering breathtaking views of the cityscape below. The nostalgia of the past meets the innovation of the future, creating a harmonious blend that revitalises Liverpool's connection with its maritime heritage. 

Dome of Discovery and Skylon London

The Dome of Discovery and Skylon, two structures from the Festival of Britain in 1951, once graced the South Bank of the Thames, symbolising a post-war era of optimism and progress. Reimagining this iconic duo involves envisioning a modern skyline where the Dome of Discovery's elegant curves and Skylon's soaring spire are reborn. A futuristic cityscape emerges, adorned with sustainable materials, green spaces, and cutting-edge architecture that pays homage to the spirit of innovation that defined the original structures. 

Trams on Queen Street Cardiff

Transportation has always been the heartbeat of urban life, and Queen Street in Cardiff once hummed with the rhythmic clatter of trams. Reimagining this historic scene involves introducing sleek, electric trams gliding silently along Queen Street, connecting neighbourhoods and embracing sustainable mobility.  This would make transport in Cardiff city centre a breeze for locals and visitors alike. 

Portobello Pool

The Portobello Pool, once a vibrant hub of lesiure facilities in Edinburgh, now stands as a testament to the city's rich history. Reimagining this iconic landmark involves transforming it into a modern aquatic centre complete with spa facilities. It features characteristics reflecting its Art Deco charm including clean, straight lines and a geometric structure mixed with modern innovation. The echoes of the past resonate in a pool that not only pays homage to tradition but also invites a new generation to dive into it.

Margate Jetty

Margate Jetty in Kent, a relic of Victorian seaside charm, holds memories of promenades and picturesque views. Reimagining this historic structure involves rejuvenating it into a multifunctional space that captures the essence of the seaside while catering to modern needs. Envision a bustling cultural hub where the jetty becomes a platform for art installations, pop-up markets, and community events. 


Reimagining the landmarks of our past is not about erasing history but rather about infusing it with new energy and purpose. These reimagined landmarks paint a vision of a future that honours our heritage while embracing the possibilities of tomorrow. By marrying the nostalgia of the past with the innovation of the present, we can create cities that are not just monuments to history, but living, breathing entities that evolve with passing of time. As we dream of these reimagined cities, we embark on a journey where the echoes of the past guide us toward a future of endless possibilities.

*In Collaboration with Chums

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