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Royal Exchange

Standing sentinel-like opposite the Bank of England, the large Corinthian portico is the public face of the third Royal Exchange to occupy this site, it was designed by William Tite and opened in 1844 by Queen Victoria. The 180ft campanile is surmounted by a gilded vane in the shape of a grasshopper - the Gresham family crest.

The original exchange, set up here by Thomas Gresham in 1564, modelled on the Antwerp Bourse, assumed the prefix 'Royal' after a visit by Elizabeth I in 1571. Following the Great Fire 1666, a second exchange was completed 1670 and subsequently burnt down in 1838.

Now houses a range of quality retail outlets and restaurants.

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