Tower 42 is the third tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the eighth tallest in Greater London. Its original name was the NatWest Tower (or National Westminster Tower), having been built to house NatWest's international headquarters. It is still commonly referred to as the NatWest Tower. Seen from above, the shape of the tower resembles that of the NatWest logo (three chevrons in a hexagonal arrangement).Make Tower 42 a centerpiece of your London vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our London tour planner .
The tower, designed by Richard Seifert and engineered by Pell Frischmann, is located at 25 Old Broad Street. It was built by John Mowlem & Co 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. It is 183m 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. In 2011 it was bought by the South African businessman Nathan Kirsh for £282.5 million.
Tower 42 Reviews
Good staff, not pushing. Discreet. Nice view even if I would have expected seeing more famous monuments.cocktails we're ok more »
Tower 42 was the tallest building to have been built in London in the 1980s and still retains a modern look over the last thirty years. Came here for a meeting and the building has lots of facilities ... more »
Excellent. It was an amazing experience. It was a gift from my best friend and we had champagne with bar snacks type stuff. I really enjoyed the views but didn't like the cocktails so had a different drink. It was a dark day in London but still got to see London in all its moody splendour.
Loved the view and the service was amazing. People there are super nice and I enjoyed the music. The food was good, just not extraordinary and honestly there could have been a few more sandwiches.
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