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Royal Exchange Building London, London

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The Royal Exchange in London was founded in the 16th century by the merchant 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. The design was inspired by a bourse Gresham had seen in Antwerp and was Britain's first specialist commercial building.It has twice been destroyed by fire and subsequently rebuilt. The present building was designed by 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 offices, luxury shops, and restaurants.Traditionally, the steps of the Royal Exchange is the place where Royal Proclamations (such as the dissolution of Parliament) are read out by either a herald or a crier.
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  • This is a beautiful building from the inside and outside. There are many interesting shops including a number that seemed to have changed recently. The Paul Smith sale shop is a little disappointing n...  more »
  • The Royal Exchange building is located in the financial district of London England.┬áIt was founded in 1565. This very attractive building has now been converted into an elegant shopping plaza. It is a...  more »
  • A great place from outside. I hope it will be open to get inside. But i see it only from outside. It was a Greek architecture building and historic.  more »
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  • Wonderfully historic place for an (expensive) drink or light meal. Many years ago I had a yellow jacket on the LIFFE floor (where financial futures were exchanged in open out cry) - it is hard to imagine the noise and fervour in the calm oasis this place has now become. Chic up-market boutiques surround a central courtyard where, from breakfast until mid-evening, refreshments ranging from coffee to Champagne and shellfish and salads are served. There is a small, smart restaurant on the 1st floor looking down onto the courtyard and some discreet private rooms for events.
  • Great space. Good coffees. Shops / brands there know their audience!
  • As a wedding Photographer, I get to see new venues each week. Few venues stand out like The Royal Exchange. A perfect setting, great staff, and amazing food. Everyone had an perfect day which ran perfectly. Awesome work guys. Hope to come back soon.
  • Great venue. I went as part of an event so it wasn't a shopping mall that evening. Wonderful piece of history!
  • Good place in a fabulous old banking hall to meet friends after work for a bite and glass of wine.