Royal Exchange

Threadneedle Street, EC3V 3LA
Royal Exchange
Spot the grasshopper

The Royal Exchange in London was founded in 1565 by the merchant Thomas Gresham as a commercial centre for the City of London. It has twice been destroyed by fire and rebuilt and the present building was designed by William Tite in the 1840s. The current building remains faithful to the original intent and comprises a large central courtyard for conducting business surrounded by a galleried structure. Nowadays, though, the main business carried out is shopping and eating. The grasshopper crest of Sir Thomas Gresham can be seen on the weathervane on the clocktower towards the rear of the building. Wikipedia/CTGuides