A tour of City icons
The AERL recently visited two of the city’s most iconic buildings, the Leadenhall Building (known by Londoners at the Cheese grater) and the famous ‘Inside Out’ Lloyd’s Building, both designed by the renowned British architect Richard Rogers.
At the Cheesegrater (its distinctive sloping design was to protect ‘line of sight’ views of St Paul’s), AERL members were wowed into silence as they shot up to the 40th floor on Europe’s fastest lift, turning the London cityscape into Legoland. The stupefying 360-degree views had economic attachés reaching for their phone cameras.
At the Lloyd’s Building, AERL members learned about the history of this 327-year-old specialist insurer and took a tour of the building. This included the Nelson Collection, a display of priceless artefacts of the famous British admiral; the Lutine Bell (from HMS Lutine, a very expensive shipwreck for Lloyds) rung to herald important announcements and the ‘Loss Book’ where shipping accidents (from the Titanic to the Lusitania) are recorded to this day, with quill pen, by Lloyd’s waiters (so named to retain the link with Lloyds’s origins as a City coffee shop).
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