Tower 42 is a 183 metres (600 ft) skyscraper in the City of London. It is the fifth-tallest in the City and fifteenth-tallest in Greater London. Its original name was the National Westminster Tower (commonly known as the NatWest Tower), having been built to house NatWest's international headquarters. 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 in the ward of Cornhill. 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 (approximately £311 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 restaurants on the 24th and 42nd floors. In 2011, it was bought by the South African businessman Nathan Kirsh for £282.5 million.
Tower 42 Reviews
Groupon afternoon tea offer - went early as suspected it would get busy - which it did so it was more like lunch. Started with a glass of bubbly, a couple of sarnies , cakes and scones. Great views... more »
Nice restaurant to take in the local view and caters well for special events, with areas for groups to dine together. Prices high but quality good. more »
Excellent views of London. This bar offers a quieter and more intimate experience, with a narrow seating area following the windows around the building, which wraps around the kitchen area walled off in the centre. This layout means that it’s perfect for couples or small groups, but not suited for larger groups (4 max). You can walk around to see 360 degree views. Slightly dated compared to some more modern high rise bars.
Love this place. The view is wonderful and varied as you can face all different directions if the seats are available, amazing as the weather changes or the sun sets. The drinks and snacks are lovely but obviously not cheap due to the location. Groupon have some good deals but be aware of the minimum spend of £15 / person and 12.5% service charge on the total bill. They say it's optional but how could you refuse to pay it when the service has been really good? 😂 I've been twice now and had a lovely time both visits.
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