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Fleet Street

Together with Ludgate Hill, to the east, and the Strand, to the West, Fleet Street forms the main thoroughfare that connected the cities of London and Westminster. Indeed, in earlier times, the Fleet Street name probably covered the whole way… Read More »Fleet Street

Commercial Bank of Scotland

60-62 Lombard Street, EC3Built: 1890 Architect:  John Macvicar AndersonLocation: Lombard StreetListing:  Grade II (1972) The main decorative elements are the choice of contrasting granite colours for the columns and rather stubby balustrade fronting the first-floor windows. Both main entablatures are… Read More »Commercial Bank of Scotland

Scottish Provident

1-6 Lombard Street, EC3Built: 1905-8 – modified 1915Architect: Dunn & Watson, W. Curtis GreenLocation: Lombard StreetListing: Grade II (1977) While the address reads Lombard Street, physically, this building is more a continuation of the impressive parade of grand early 20th… Read More »Scottish Provident

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