Visit the Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange
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Royal Exchange address and telephone

Royal Exchange is located at: The City,
London EC3V 3LR
You can contact Royal Exchange on Work +44 (0) 207 283 8935
The Royal Exchange website can be visited at

Royal Exchange opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Royal Exchange is open to the public from: Shops: Usually 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Fri) – Bars and restaurants: Usually 11 AM to 11 PM (Mon-Fri)
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Royal Exchange
Time required:
A typical visit to Royal Exchange lasts 15 mins (approx)

How to get to Royal Exchange

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The Royal Exchange is a Roman-looking building with eight Corinthian colonnades out the front, which stands opposite the Bank of England.

It may look out-of-bounds to tourists, but it is actually just a public space with shops, offices and restaurants inside.

The Royal Exchange at night

History of the Royal Exchange

The original Royal Exchange was founded by Thomas Gresham in 1568 as a place for traders to gather together and buy and sell their goods. In later centuries it attracted traders of another kind: the ones who dabbled in stocks and shares.

The original building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, and its replacement lasted until the year 1838. The building that we see today dates from the reign of Queen Victoria.

Inside the Royal Exchange

It continued as a market for nearly 350 years, until it was taken over by the International Financial Futures Exchange in the 1990s. When they moved out in 2000 the building was re-opened as an expensive shopping mall.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of the Royal Exchange  “I’ve been meaning to go inside the Royal Exchange for yonks, but never got around to it. It’s another one of those intimidating buildings that looks like it’s out of bounds to the likes of you and me. What is it? It looks like you need a reason to go inside… Maybe it’s a big bank, or a court house, or a city business filled with big wigs smoking fat cigars? You would never guess what it really is from the outside. Do you know what it actually is? It’s a shopping centre! I kid you not. It’s the poshest shopping centre in London… continued.”

Cafe inside the Royal Exchange in London

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The other great buildings next to the Royal Exchange are the Bank of England and Mansion House. You might like to read Craig’s review of the Bank of England Museum and Mansion House tour. Some other nearby landmarks in the City that are worth visiting are Christopher Wren’s Monument, Leadenhall Market and the Lord Mayor’s Guildhall.

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If you’re thinking of visiting the Royal Exchange then you might like to try these other suggestions…

> Bank of England The Bank of England oversees the UK’s money markets, and prints and issues currency.
> The City The City of London is the financial heart of the capital – home to the Bank and London Stock Exchange.
> Burlington Arcade Burlington Arcade is famous for the Beadles in top-hat and tails, who ban everyone from whistling.

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