Lloyd's

One Lime Street, EC3M 7HA
Lloyd's
Always looking for something bad to happen

The Lloyd's building is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London. Its name comes from Edward Lloyd, owner of a coffee house in the 1680s whose clientele mainly consisted of ship's captains, ship owners and merchants. Very quickly his establishment became a centre for exchanging shipping news and obtaining marine insurance and a permanent association to his name was made. The Richard Rogers and Partners designed building is a leading example of radical Bowellism architecture in which the services for the building, such as ducts and lifts, are located on the exterior to maximise space in the interior. Twenty-five years after completion in 1986, the building received Grade I listing in 2011; it was the youngest structure ever to obtain this status. It is said by English Heritage to be "universally recognised as one of the key buildings of the modern epoch." Echos of the first Lloyd's building from 1928 can still be seen in the preserved entrance on Leadenhall Street. Wikipedia/CTGuides