Royal Exchange Building, William Tite Design, Photo, Location, Date, Image

Royal Exchange London Architecture

Famous Structure in the City of London, England, UK, by architect Sir William Tite

28 Apr 2013

Royal Exchange Building

Date built: 1844

Design: Sir William Tite, Architect

New photo from 29 Apr 2013, with the Stock Exchange building on the left in the background:

Royal Exchange London
photograph © Adrian Welch

This historic structure was converted and is now operating as a luxury shopping centre. This City of London institution was founded in 1565.

Views from west:
Royal Exchange Building Royal Exchange Building
photos © Nick Weall

The Royal Exchange in London was founded in the 16th century by the merchant Sir Thomas Gresham on the suggestion of his factor Richard Clough to act as a centre of commerce for the City of London. The site was provided by the City of London Corporation and the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who still jointly own the freehold.

It is trapezoidal in shape and is flanked by Cornhill and Threadneedle Street, which converge at Bank junction in the heart of the City. It lies in the ward of Cornhill.

Royal Exchange London Royal Exchange London
photographs © Adrian Welch

It has twice been destroyed by fire and subsequently rebuilt. The present building was designed by Sir William Tite in the 1840s.

The site was notably occupied by the Lloyd’s insurance market for nearly 150 years. Today the Royal Exchange contains a Courtyard Grand Cafe, Threadneedle Cocktail Bar, Sauterelle Restaurant, luxury shops, and offices.

Location: 2 Change Alley, The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3DG, England, UK

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