LLoyds of London, England

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

The square mile around the Bank of England is known as the City of London - the financial heart of the city. - although miles from the touristy west-end, the City of London is a place worth exploring -St Paul's Cathedral, the Gherkin and LLoyds of London are the iconic buildings of the square mile.

I would love to see the interior of Lloyds of London.  Tucked away in Threadneedle Street, a street that runs east of Bank Station, the insurance building could go unnoticed. Unique in design - the building has an inside out appearance - in other words - the water pipes which are hidden in most buildings are exposed for all to see. To some it may seem ugly but to me its unique and has character.

 

 I do appreciate modern architecture so long as it doesn't spoil the view of a historical building.
Throughout the week the City of London is buzzing with business types so it's ideal to stop by at the weekend.  When I visited, there was hardly as soul around. 
I wandered around the base, stopping every few meters to look up and take photos from different angles.  Due to maintenance (I think) the outside glass elevators whizzed up and down with no one inside and I was the only one in the 'audience'. 
 
Years ago I recall the building being lit up at night - which wasn't the case the last time I was there- maybe it just cost too much. Unfortunately in those days I wasn't interested in photography so I have no photos of the building after dark.
 
If a decision was made to open the building to the public I would be straight in their with my myself and my camera (it that's allowed)
  
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