Leadenhall Street is a road in the City of London, the historic and financial centre of London. It was formerly the start of the A11 road to Norwich, but that route now originates on Aldgate High Street, just east of Leadenhall Street.
Leadenhall Street runs for about 0.3 miles (0.5 km) two-ways between Cornhill at its western end (at a box junction with Bishopsgate and Gracechurch Street) and St. Botolph Street in the east. The Aldgate Pump is located at the east end of the street. During much of the 18th and 19th centuries its name was synonymous with the East India Company, which had its headquarters there. Today, it is perhaps most associated with the insurance industry and particularly the Lloyd's of London market, whose 1928-1958 building fronted onto the street, and whose current building since 1986 also has an entrance on Leadenhall Street.
Notable buildings and companies
The Leadenhall Press was established following a move of the publisher Field & Tuer to No. 50 Leadenhall Street in 1868.
In 1879 a telephone exchange was installed at No. 101 Leadenhall Street by the Telephone Company Ltd. (Bell's Patents) — one of the first in London.
Several major companies are headquartered on Leadenhall Street, including Xchanging, Ace European Group, Verdasys's EMEA, and Allianz Global Risks. Due to the proximity of the Lloyd's market, a number of other insurance firms and brokers also have offices on Leadenhall Street.
Leadenhall Market is accessible via Whittington Avenue, a small side-road off Leadenhall Street. The Leadenhall Building, located at No. 122 and opposite the Lloyd's building, is a 48-storey skyscraper currently under construction and due to open in 2014. A 38-storey skyscraper at 52-54 Lime Street has been approved for construction at the corner of Leadenhall Street and Lime Street. A new office development including a tower of 34 storeys has been proposed for 40 Leadenhall Street.
- "Henderson Global Investors launches plans for new office building at 40 Leadenhall Street". Henderson Global Investors. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
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