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450 years of The Royal Exchange

A look back on the triumphs and tribulations of The Royal Exchange as we commemorate a milestone in the history of this iconic City of London building

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Bremont

Bremont’s MBII timepiece blends mechanical British watchmaking with eye-catching bespoke possibilities

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Bremont

Bremont’s MBII timepiece blends mechanical British watchmaking with eye-catching bespoke possibilities

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Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason’s indulgent Afternoon Tea Hamper showcases why the luxury grocer has been renowned as the ‘Home of the Hamper’ since the 1700s

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Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason’s indulgent Afternoon Tea Hamper showcases why the luxury grocer has been renowned as the ‘Home of the Hamper’ since the 1700s

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Montblanc

Why Montblanc's iconic 149 Meisterstück Fountain Pen has stood the test of time

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Montblanc

Why Montblanc's iconic 149 Meisterstück Fountain Pen has stood the test of time

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Pretty Ballerinas

The Spanish shoemaker’s versatile Rosario pump is a perfect blend of comfort and style

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Pretty Ballerinas

The Spanish shoemaker’s versatile Rosario pump is a perfect blend of comfort and style

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Tateossian

Inspired by the inner workings of mechanical watches, Tateossian’s Square Gear cufflinks showcase the brand’s unconventional aesthetic and innovative design ethos

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Tateossian

Inspired by the inner workings of mechanical watches, Tateossian’s Square Gear cufflinks showcase the brand’s unconventional aesthetic and innovative design ethos

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Leica

The Leica M10-R encompasses all the fundamental principles of this iconic camera manufacturer

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Leica

The Leica M10-R encompasses all the fundamental principles of this iconic camera manufacturer

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Smythson

Why Smythson’s time-honoured diaries are the perfect companions for planning and documenting your day-to-day

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Smythson

Why Smythson’s time-honoured diaries are the perfect companions for planning and documenting your day-to-day

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Boodles

The Raindance ring showcases the creative talents and timeless aesthetics of this British jewellery house

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Boodles

The Raindance ring showcases the creative talents and timeless aesthetics of this British jewellery house

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Tom Davies

These limited-edition patriotic sunglasses epitomise the luxury eyewear brand’s quintessentially British sense of style

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Tom Davies

These limited-edition patriotic sunglasses epitomise the luxury eyewear brand’s quintessentially British sense of style

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Jaeger-LeCoultre

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s resilient yet refined Reverso watch is a long-standing classic

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Jaeger-LeCoultre

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s resilient yet refined Reverso watch is a long-standing classic

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Ambition and Influence

Read about The Royal Exchange's founder, Sir Thomas Gresham, and hear what director of the Design Museum, Tim Marlow, has to say about the psychology of architecture

Extracts from the book Gresham’s Law by John Guy explore the ambition and influence of The Royal Exchange’s founding father

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The director and CEO of London’s Design Museum on the emotional impact of architecture

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Signs and Symbols

Discover the stories behind The Royal Exchange’s much celebrated architecture and artefacts, as author and journalist, Rob Ryan, explores the design secrets in and around its magnificent façade

GRESHAM’S GRASSHOPPER

Thomas Gresham’s golden grasshopper weathervane, perched atop The Royal Exchange, was just one of many symbolising his stamp on the City

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ANIMAL EMBLEMS

How The Royal Exchange became a fashionable destination for shopping, and why the original shop signs featured animal symbols in place of trader names

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DENT’S CLOCK

Third time lucky for The Royal Exchange’s clocktower, today crowned with a horological masterpiece by the renowned clockmaker Edward John Dent

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17 FIGURES

Sir Richard Westmacott’s sculpted stone pediment, at The Royal Exchange’s grand main entrance, depicts a scene of international tradesmen in 1844

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SET IN STONE

The Royal Exchange is home to an eclectic collection of statues, from Charles II and Dick Whittington to Abraham Lincoln and the Duke of Wellington

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THE MERCERS’ MAIDEN

Images of a crowned and robed maiden can be spotted all over central London, including at The Royal Exchange. Discover the meaning behind them

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THE TROOPS’ MEMORIAL

The cenotaph outside the main entrance to The Royal Exchange is an ongoing reminder to never forget the sacrifices made by many for the lives we enjoy today

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‘EMPEROR’ CHARLES II

A statue of Charles II as a Roman emperor, commissioned by the King himself, was destroyed by flames in 1838, but a replica exists in the courtyard today

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MEZZANINE MURALS

The Royal Exchange murals are an incredible example of Victorian/Edwardian public art and must be one of London’s best-kept secrets

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