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Court circuit – Issue 58

On top of the world – AERL members in the Leadenhall Building

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).


Panoramic views from the Leadenhall Building

AERL Chair Nicholas Niggli photographs the view

Paul Brundage of Oxford Properties explains how the returns from the iconic Leadenhall building pays the pensions of municipal workers in Ontario

AERL members prepare for a tummyturning ride on Europe’s fastest lift in the Cheesegrater

The Lloyd’s Loss Book, where entries are written with quill pen

AERL members examine the Nile Dinner Service, gifted to Lord Nelson by Lloyd’s after the Battle of the Nile in 1798

A networking lunch at Lloyd’s


Richard Roger Icons: the sloping façade of the Cheesegrater in the foreground with a part of the Lloyd’s Inside Out Building

A fork with blade customised for Lord Nelson following the loss of his right arm in battle

The Lutine Bell at Lloyd’s, rung once for good news; twice for bad

Lloyd’s CEO Inga Beale gives AERL members an overview of Lloyds’s future

Malcolm, a Lloyd’s Waiter

AERL marvel at the escalator in the Lloyd’s building

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