Tower 42 is a skyscraper located at 25 Old Broad Street, in the City of London. It was officially opened in 1981 as the new headquarters of the National Westminster Bank and was informally known as the NatWest Tower. Seen from above, the tower forms the shape of the bank’s trademark device, a chopped-cornered triangle made from three chevrons. Bizarrely, the building’s architect – Richard Seifert – at one time denied that the resemblance was intentional.
The tower was badly damaged by a Provisional IRA truck bomb in 1993 and the bank did not reoccupy it after its renovation.
Subsequently renamed Tower 42, in a reference to the number of floors, the building is now owned by a real estate consortium and occupied by a mix of tenants, including, until recently, a top-floor ‘champagne bar’.
Tower 42 was the tallest building in the City of London until Heron Tower (110 Bishopsgate) exceeded it by a fraction in 2011.
The photograph on the right shows Tower 42 looming above Bishopsgate’s Gibson Hall, the former headquarters of the National Provincial Bank, now a ‘prestigious event venue’ specialising in weddings and conferences.