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I took a similar shot at night and it has become one of my personal favourites so I decided to capture it in daytime. Lloyds is still my favourite building in London...




Insurance companies have traditionally clustered witin the southeastern corner of the City, in the streets around Leadenhall Street, Fenchurch Street, St Mary Axe, Lime Street and Mark Lane. In recent years a number of significant new buildings have appeared, driven in part by the larger internal space requirements of the IT revolution. Richard Rogers's Lloyds building was the first of the new breed, an iconic structure looking not unlike a sci-fi set with its lifts and service ducts on the exterior of the building. Others have followed and the area is fast becoming a showcase for new London architecture; Plantation Place, Minster Court, the Willis Building , the Lloyds Register and most notably the Swiss Re insurance building (a.k.a. the Gherkin) at 130 St Mary Axe have all taken their place on the City skyline. There are still more to come; at the time of writing major new developments are underway at 122 Leadenhall Street, 20 Fenchurch St and 64 Mark Lane, the first two of which will be among the tallest and individually striking buildings in the City.




The City of London is a geographically small city within Greater London in England. It is the historic core of London around which, along with Southwark and then Westminster, the modern conurbation grew. The City’s boundaries have remained almost constant since the Middle Ages, and hence it is now only a tiny part of the much larger London metropolis. It is often referred to as the City or the Square Mile, as it is just over one square mile (1.12 mile² / 2.90 km²)[1] in area. These terms are also often used as metonyms for the United Kingdom's financial services industry, which is based here.


In the medieval period, the City was the full extent of London. The term London now refers to a much larger conurbation containing both the City of London itself, as well as the 32 'London boroughs', constituting Greater London. The City is today a major business and financial centre, ranking on a par with New York City as the leading centre of global finance;[2] in the 19th Century, the City served as the world's primary business centre.[3] The City has a resident population of under 10,000, whilst it employs 340,000 professional workers, mainly in the financial sector, making the area's transport system extremely busy during peak times.


The City is not one of the 32 London boroughs. It is governed by the City of London Corporation, which has some unusual responsibilities for a local authority, such as being the police authority for the City. It also has responsibilities and ownerships beyond the City's boundaries.




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