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Corn Exchange Chambers

2 Seething Lane, EC3Built:  1859Architect:  Edward l’AnsonLocation:  Tower HillListing:  Grade II  (1972) An early Victorian survivor in a much-changed part of the City, the Corn Exchange Chambers were built as speculative offices and named for the Corn Exchange, in nearby… Read More »Corn Exchange Chambers

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

Queen’s Assurance Co.

42-44 Gresham Street and 20 King Street, EC2Built: 1850-52Architect:  Sancton WoodLocation: Gresham StreetListing:  Grade II  (1972) Though often associated with his prolific work for railways, Sancton Wood designed many London buildings in other genres.  These office, for the Queen’s Assurance… Read More »Queen’s Assurance Co.

Irish Chamber

Guildhall Yard, EC2Built: 1824-25Architect:  Joseph WalkerLocation: Gresham StreetListing:  Grade II  (1972) This modest building is all that remains of Georgian auxiliary buildings to the Guildhall built in the early 1800s. The rest were replaced by Victorian Gothic buildings in the… Read More »Irish Chamber

Goldsmiths’ Hall

13 Foster Lane, EC2   (at the corner with Gresham Street)Built: 1829-1835Architect:  Philip HardwickLocation: Gresham StreetListing: Grade I   (1950) From its beginning, the hall faced Foster Lane, since Gresham Street was not created until well after the current building was erected. … Read More »Goldsmiths’ Hall

National Discount Co.

33-35 Cornhill, EC3Built: 1858Architect:  Frederic John Francis and Horace FrancisLocation: CornhillListing: Grade II   (1972) Faced entirely in Portland stone and benefiting from none of the chromatic enhancements of buildings further East on Cornhill, the former National Discount Company headquarters rely… Read More »National Discount Co.

The Royal Exchange

Between Cornhill and Threadneedle Street, EC3Built: 1841-1844Architect:  Sir William TiteLocation: CornhillListing: Grade I (1950) The Royal Exchange was once the pre-eminent institution within the mercantile City of London. It was founded in 1565 by Sir Thomas Gresham on a site… Read More »The Royal Exchange

National Provincial Bank

now Gibson Hall 15 Bishopsgate, EC2Built: 1864-66Architect: John GibsonLocation: BishopsgateListing: Grade I (1950) The National Provincial Bank, which later became one of the constituents of National Westminster, was one of the earliest, most aggressively commercial joint-stock banks and probably the first… Read More »National Provincial Bank

Hoare’s Bank

37 Fleet Street, EC4Built: 1829-30Architect:  Charles ParkerLocation: Fleet StreetListing: Grade II* (1954) Of the trio of private bank headquarters with a long history of presence on Fleet Street, the only one to remain in its original ownership is Hoare &… Read More »Hoare’s Bank

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