The Lloyd’s building at 1 Lime Street is one of my favourite buildings in London. One of the most controversial buildings in the City, and is currently home to Lloyd’s of London.
Designed by architect Richard Rogers, Lloyd’s shares similar design features with the Pompidou Centre in Paris. It took eight years to build and 33,510 cubic meters of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass were used during the construction.
The building has many notable features, with all lifts, staircases and toilets to be found on the exterior of the building, conserving space within. There are 12 external glass lifts and apparently all offer a great view across the city.
3 way to visit the Lloyd’s of London building
- Lloyd’s generally participate in the Open House programme which takes place in September each year.
- A number of private tours are conducted each year – but you have to meet certain criteria to stand a chance.
- Start studying finance and land a job at the insurers.
Alternatively, take a virtual tour.
What do you think of the Lloyd’s of London building? Post-modern genius or sore sight on the skyline?