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Credit Lyonnais

39-40 Lombard Street, EC3Built: 1866-68Architect: Frederic John Francis and Horace FrancisLocation: Lombard StreetListing: Grade II (1975) This decorative tour de force is a precursor to later Edwardian exuberance but the balanced scale and sure handling of the abundant detail ensure… Read More »Credit Lyonnais

Royal Insurance Building

24-28 Lombard Street, EC3 Built: 1912 Architect: Gordon & Gunton Location: Lombard Street Listing: Grade II (1974) As is usually the case in Lombard Street, a number of buildings and tenants have succeeded each other on this site. For instance,… Read More »Royal Insurance Building

Lombard Street

Lombard Street is perhaps the single most iconic address in the City of London, synonymous with banking and providing the title for Walter Bagehot’s seminal 1873 work on the money market.  Bagehot wrote that “The briefest and truest way of… Read More »Lombard Street

Park House

16-18 Finsbury Circus, EC2Built: 1921Architect: Gordon & GuntonLocation:  Finsbury CircusListing: Grade II (1977) Park House was designed in 1915 but only constructed post-war, as happened to most major projects of that era. In the 1990s, the interiors were largely replaced and… Read More »Park House

London Wall Buildings

5 London Wall, EC2Built: 1901-02Architect:  Gordon & GuntonLocation: Finsbury Circus Listing: Grade II (1997) Like Salisbury House, next door, London Wall Buildings (also known as 1-5 London Wall) is a very large, speculative office development from the turn of the… Read More »London Wall Buildings

Salisbury House

29-31 Finsbury Circus, EC2Built: 1899-1901Architect:  Davis & EmmanuelLocation: Finsbury CircusListing: Grade II (1997) Salisbury House was built as a speculative office development to a design by the prolific firm of Davis & Emmanuel.  This very large Y-shaped edifice was planned… Read More »Salisbury House

Britannic House

also known as Lutyens House 1 Finsbury Circus, EC2Built: 1921-25Architect: Sir Edwin Landseer LutyensLocation: Finsbury CircusListing: Grade II* (1950) Erected at the NW corner of the Circus, Britannic House occupies the site of 14 smaller pre-existing buildings. Because part of… Read More »Britannic House

Atlas Assurance

3 King Street and 92 Cheapside, EC2Built: 1834-36Architect:  Thomas HopperLocation: Cheapside & PoultryListing: Grade II (1972) Atlas Assurance was founded in 1808  to transact life and fire insurance business and was absorbed by Royal Exchange Assurance in 1959. For much… Read More »Atlas Assurance

Midland Bank Building

former headquarters of the Midland Bank 27-35 Poultry and 5 Prince’s Street, EC2Built: 1924-39Architect:  Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens Location: Cheapside & PoultryListing: Grade I (1972) Considered one of Lutyens’ best formal corporate designs, the headquarters of Midland Bank, like its… Read More »Midland Bank Building