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The Royal Exchange - a luxury shopping haven in the heart of London

Elijah Durojaiye 04/28/2024
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The Royal Exchange

Image: The Royal Exchange Credit: Pavel Rumme

However, its current function doesn't exactly match its façade and surroundings. The building is one of London's top luxury shopping locations, and visitors to the city should definitely add it to their list of places to visit.

The Royal Exchange Courtyard

Image: The Royal Exchange Courtyard Credit: Shutterstock/4kclips

So, how did this building end up being a haven for luxury shopping? The answer may surprise you.

History

The Royal Exchange building as seen today, is actually a replacement. The original was conceived as a center for commerce in London by Sir Thomas Gresham. It was a neo-classical building, and Gresham was enough of a visionary to make sure that portions of the building were used for retail business. That considered, you could argue that it was one of the first shopping malls and inspired the various modern shopping malls in many cities today.

Fortnum & Mason bar

Image: Fortnum & Mason bar Credit: Shutterostock/eric laudonien

Dining

Raquel Romans at Fortnum & Mason bar

Image: Raquel Romans at Fortnum & Mason bar Credit: FORLOC/Khalid Bari

Shopping

Hermes at The Royal Exchange

Image: Hermes at The Royal Exchange Credit: Shutterostock/Maddie Red

London is a shopping haven in general, but when it comes to luxury shopping, it's hard to beat 'the Big Smoke'. The stores at the Royal Exchange appear to be hand-picked to elevate the elegance and class of the building. The beautifully designed courtyard also makes it difficult to resist spending a fair amount of time here.

Fans of elegant timepieces will appreciate the presence of Watchfinder & Co, Omega, Bremont, and Mont Blanc. Lovers of fine leather goods can head over to the east side of the building to be helped by the good folks from Hermes.

Raquel Romans at The Royal Exchange

Image: Raquel Romans at The Royal Exchange Credit: FORTLOC/Khalid Bari

The Royal Exchange's history alone makes it a site worth visiting. Its marvelous interior design, abundance of opulent stores, and fine dining restaurants make it a must-visit destination.


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