Lloyd’s building

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The Lloyd’s building

Lloyd’s of London is an inter­na­tional insurance market in the City of London and the world centre of shipping intel­li­gence. It began in the 17th-century coffee house of Edward Lloyd in Lombard Street. It was originally a market for marine insurance only but now deals with nearly all forms of insurance. Lloyd’s was incor­porated by Act of Parliament in 1871. Insurance is accepted by individual under­writers, not by Lloyd’s of London, which provides the premises, intel­li­gence and other facil­ities. Lloyd’s agents throughout the world send shipping inform­ation, which is published in Lloyd’s List and Lloyd’s Shipping Index.

One Lime Street, collo­quially known as the Lloyd’s building, has been the headquarters of Lloyd’s of London since 1986. Designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership, its distinctive charac­ter­istic is the exter­n­al­isation of struc­tural details and utilities such as ducts and glass lifts. Combined with stainless steel cladding, and especially when illuminated at night, the effect at the time of its construction was ultra-modern.
Lloyds building exterior