Tower 42 is the third tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the eighth tallest in Greater London. Its original name was the National Westminster Tower having been built to house NatWest’s international headquarters.
What Need to Know About ….. Tower 42, London
- The tower was built between 1971 and 1980, first occupied in 1980, and formally opened on 11 June 1981 by Queen Elizabeth II.
- The construction cost was £72 million (approximately £278 million today).It is 183 metres (600 ft) high, which made it the tallest building in the United Kingdom until the topping out of One Canada Square at Canary Wharf in 1990.
- It was the tallest building to have been built in London in the 1980s. It held the status of tallest building in the City of London for 30 years until it was surpassed by the Heron Tower in December 2009.
- The building today is multi-tenanted and comprises Grade A office space and restaurant facilities, with one restaurant situated on the 24th floor, and the other, a champagne and seafood bar, on the 42nd floor.
- Seen from above, the shape of the tower resembles that of the NatWest logo, three chevrons in a hexagonal arrangement.
- In June 2012, a Capix LED multimedia lighting system was installed around levels 39 to 45. This replaced the previous high energy floodlighting at the top of the building. The display featured the Olympic Rings during the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Paralympic Agitos during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Location of Tower 42, London
Located at 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HN, in the city of London near Liverpool St Station.