Iconic London Business Centres
Our fair capital is a mix of old and new; classical architecture standing side by side with some of the tallest and most iconic skyscrapers in the world and all of them housing among the biggest and best names in business.
Bone up on your knowledge of iconic London business centres with a rundown of 5 of the most famous (and tall) office buildings to grace the London skyline…
The Shard was unveiled recently in a London Bridge laser show as EuropeΓÇÖs tallest building ΓÇô a title it will hold until the Mercury City Tower in Moscow is completed later this year.
Owner: The State of Qatar.
Value: ┬ú2.5 billion.
On-Site Luxury: 5* Shangri-La Hotel.
Tenants: None current.
One Canada Square
One Canada Square is often mistakenly named after the Canary Wharf development it is based in. This was the tallest UK building until 2010, when the Shard began to overtake it.
Owner: The Canary Wharf Group.
Value: ┬ú688 million.
On-Site Luxury: 900k sq.ft. imported marble lobby.
Tenants: The FSA, HSBC, NatWest.
30 St Mary Axe
30 St Mary Axe ΓÇô more commonly known as The Gherkin ΓÇô has become a real London icon in recent years. It can be seen from 20 miles outside the City and stands in the financial district.
Owner: IVG Immobilien AG and Evans Randall.
Value: ┬ú630 million.
On-Site Luxury: 40th floor 360-view bar.
Tenants: Swiss Re.
Heron Tower, despite its many accomplishments, is less reported on in comparison to other landmarks. However the tower that opened in 2011 boasts some of the finest office space in London.
Owner: Heron International.
Value: ┬ú500 million.
On-Site Luxury: Sharks in the lobby aquarium.
Tenants: Sushi Samba, Landmark PLC.
Construction on Tower 42 began in the 1970s ΓÇô the building was completed in 1980 and used to be known as the International Financial Centre. It was damaged by an IRA bomb in 1993.
Owner: Nathan Kirsch.
Value: ┬ú282.5 million.
On-Site Luxury: Gary RhodesΓÇÖ restaurant.
Tenants: Daewoo, Samsung.
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