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City Bank

currently the Threadneedles Hotel 5-6 Threadneedle Street, EC2Built:  1855-56Architect:  William and Andrew MoseleyLocation:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II  (1972) This building is an excellent example of a medium-sized but ‘high-spec’ palazzo of the type favoured by early joint-stock banks in the… Read More »City Bank

Westminster Bank

51-53 Threadneedle Street and 5 Old Broad Street, EC2Built:  1922-1931Architect:  Arthur Joseph Davis (Mewès & Davis)Location:  Threadneedle StreetListing:  Grade II*  (1971) Unlike some other large City ‘ground scrapers’ of the first half of the 20th C., this building does not… Read More »Westminster Bank

Threadneedle Street

Threadneedle Street is among the most iconic City of London streets and therefore rich with historical associations.  Rather surprisingly, until the early modern era, both Threadneedle Street and what is now called Old Broad Street, which intersects with Threadneedle, were… Read More »Threadneedle Street

Custom House

20 Lower Thames Street, EC3Built: 1812-17; central bay rebuilt 1825-28Architect:  David Laing; rebuilt section Sir Robert SmirkeLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade I  (1972) The current Custom House was built in the 1810s to Laing’s design, following a fire that destroyed… Read More »Custom House

Billingsgate Market

16 Lower Thames Street, EC3Built:  1874-78Architect:  Sir Horace JonesLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade II (1980) The former home of Billingsgate Market presents two noble, elongated frontages along Lower Thames Street and, of course, the River Thames itself.  The external aspects,… Read More »Billingsgate Market

Vintners Hall

68 Upper Thames Street, EC4Built:  1908-10 (atop the original 1671-75 fabric and 1821 modifications)Architect:  Alexander Henry Kersey  (17th century portion possibly Edward Jerman)Location:  Upper Thames StreetListing:  Grade I  (1950) Ownership of this site by the Vintners probably goes back to… Read More »Vintners Hall

Watermen’s Hall

16 St Mary-at-Hill, EC3Built:  1778-80Architect:  William BlackburnLocation:  Lower Thames StreetListing:  Grade II*  (1950) The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames was founded in 1514 under an Act of Parliament.   It remains the only ancient City guild… Read More »Watermen’s Hall

Gresham College

91 Gresham Street and 90 Basinghall Street, EC2Built:  1911-13Architect:  Dendy Watney & Sidney PerksLocation: Gresham StreetListing:  Grade II  (1977) Gresham College is a rather unique institution, even by the often idiosyncratic standards of the City of London.  Funded by a… Read More »Gresham College