My 16 year old daughter was with me when I took these photos. Never having seen it before, she declared the Lloyds Building “horrible” and “ugly” and, given the chance,  would have happily razed it to the ground.

I’m the opposite – I think its one of my favourite buildings in the capital. Sill as futuristically soulful as a Kraftwerk song and as alien as a Dr Who invasion of Earth, the Lloyds Building now looks at home in 21st century London, squeezed between ye olde Leadenhall Market and the sleek new set piece monster buildings such as the Gherkin and the Cheese Grater. As we watched, people crawled all over it as they scrambled to clear their desks before the Christmas break, ate in the restaurants and bars that comprise its base and walked past it on their way somewhere more interesting.


The “inside out” building was opened in 1986


The Lloyds Building (right) backs up against the outside of Leadenhall Market which dates back to the 14th Century


The Lifts run up and down the outside of the building


Lloyds Arch built in 1928

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