A view of the trading floor from above at Lloyd's of London.
The present Lloyd's building, at no. 1 Lime Street, was designed by architect Richard Rogers and was completed in 1986. It stands on the site of the old Roman Forum. The 1925 facade still survives, appearing strangely stranded with the modern building visible through the gates.
In the great Underwriting Room of Lloyd's stands the Lutine Bell, which was struck when the fate of a ship “overdue” at its destination port became known. If the ship was safe, the bell would be rung twice: if it had sunk, the bell would be rung once. Now it is only rung for ceremonial purposes, such as the visit of a distinguished guest (two rings), or for the annual Remembrance Day service; and for major world catastrophes, such as 9/11 and the Asian Tsunami Disaster (one ring). Source
Shot during Open House weekend in London 19/20 September 2009