Richard Rogers’ Grade I icon, built in 1986, offers the same startling architecture as its brother, the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Known as the ‘inside-out building’, it features external staircases, water pipes and lift shafts, leaving an uncluttered sky-high central atrium inside. Its focal point is the ground floor Underwriting Room, which houses the famous Lutine Bell. As the home of specialist insurance market Lloyd’s of London, the singular structure is normally off limits to the public, but those with a business interest can occasionally secure a private tour (must be booked in advance). The easiest way to gain access, however, is during the annual Open House event www.londonopenhouse.org in September, when select private London properties throw open their doors.
Tel: 020 7327 1000
Entry Charges: Admission: private tours £10