Residents of flats overlooked by the Tate Modern have lost the latest round of their legal battle with the gallery at the Court of Appeal.
The owners of four flats in the Neo Bankside development on London's South Bank took legal action in a bid to stop "hundreds of thousands of visitors" looking into their homes from the Tate's viewing platform.
They applied for an injunction requiring the gallery to prevent members of the public observing their flats by "cordoning off" parts of the platform or "erecting screening", to stop what they said was a "relentless" invasion of their privacy.
But the board of trustees of the Tate Gallery argued that the platform provides "a unique, free, 360-degree view of London" and said the claimants could simply "draw the blinds".
Announcing the court's decision, Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton said: "The court has dismissed the appeal on the basis that overlooking does not fall within the tort of nuisance."
The judge added that the flat owners' application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court had been refused.