7 Lothbury | A Slice of Italy in The City

This beautiful little building can be found behind the Bank of England at 7 Lothbury.

7 Lothbury

The City of London, being the most historic part of the capital, isn’t short of stone buildings. But with seemingly unstoppable rise of glass and steel, this colourful stone edifice with intricate details made me pause a while.

It was built 1866 by George Somers Clarke in the Venetian Gothic style. That in itself isn’t that unusual, there are plenty of London buildings found in that style. However, this is quite an early example.

Pevsner, the architectural historian, called it “An amazing building for its date … when context and convention still favoured the classical.”

And some of the details are wonderful; from a row of sphinx gazing down at you, to a Medieval-style frieze depicting trade and commerce.

7 Lothbury
7 Lothbury

This is in keeping with its function, originally built for the General Credit and Discount Company and then later occupied by the Overseas Bankers Club.

7 Lothbury

Lastly, it’s worth noting the door. Not only does it look like the opening into an old Italian church, but it’s migrated. The entrance, which now faces onto Lothbury was moved from the side on Tokenhouse Yard between 1892 and 1919.

7 Lothbury

Although it received Grade II* listed status in 1964, the building was under the ‘at risk’ list in 2005 before it was redeveloped. Today it’s a collection of 11 private flats.

More London Inspiration

  • Bank Station Roman Glass Panels | Look Up London

    19 Sep See the Roman-Inspired Stained Glass at Bank Station

    If you were planning to appreciate some beautiful stained glass in London, Bank Underground Station probably wouldn’t be top of the list. So imagine my surprise when travelling through the (relatively) new Walbrook exit of Bank in finding a series of stained glass from John......

  • 5 Whichcote Street, Waterloo | Look Up London

    12 Sep 5 Whichcote Street | The Lonely House in Waterloo

    If you’ve used Waterloo Station, you might’ve admired this lonely house. Number 5 is the sole survivor of Whichcote Street, once a bustling terrace that was demolished in 1950. History of Whichcote Street In the early 19th century three streets of stock brick, terraced houses......

  • Inside Goldsmith's Hall | Look Up London

    05 Sep Inside Goldsmiths’ Hall

    Along Foster Lane in the City you can easily walk past this stone, 19th century building without giving it much thought. But it’s worth looking a bit closer at Goldsmiths’ Hall, an institution that’s been here since 1339. I was recently invited to have a......

  • The Look Out at 8 Bishopsgate | Look Up London

    25 Aug 8 Bishopsgate | The New Free London Viewpoint

    There’s a new place to look down over London and it’s free to book. The Look Out at 8 Bishopsgate is the latest skyscraper to open a viewing platform, so I popped in to admire the view. The Look Out is on the 50th floor......

  • Former Bishopsgate Fire Station | Look Up London

    20 Jun The Former Fire Station on Bishopgate

    Look up above the Tescos outside Liverpool Street Statuion and – as ever – there’s history above your eye line! The wide doorways might be the first giveaway, but the elaborately decorated facade tells us this was once Bishopsgate Fire Station. It was built in......

  • The History of 7a Laurence Pountney Hill

    13 Jun The History of 7a Laurence Pountney Hill

    On Laurence Pountney Hill, a quiet corner of the City of London, a private house, former church and pretty garden can transport you back through the centuries. The grade II listed 7a Laurence Pountney Hill was built in the late 17th century, around 1670. But......

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.