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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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  • The champagne bar at the Royal Exchange is a can't miss while in London. Close by to other great high end shops/ There is also a Sale Paul Smith shop in the building which has great deals.  more »
  • This is a beautiful building with a long an illustrious history. It is now simply a shopping mall, albeit a very swanky one with major luxury brands such as Tiffany & Co. There are also nice, if busy ...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Oppermann sell great quality, affordable leather bags and accessories by selling directly to the consumer. The design of their ranges is an exercise understated Scandinavian class, as reflects the story of the brand. Crucially for me, they sell slim bifold wallets in blue leather, which is more unusual than you'd think...
  • Love the space! A great place for a relaxing drink or dinner. Even just to wonder into the hall and marvel.
  • 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.
  • 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 space. Good coffees. Shops / brands there know their audience!