Officially opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth I in 1571, The Royal Exchange was the brainchild of renowned merchant Thomas Gresham. It soon became a centre for the capital’s commerce, bringing together both brokers and merchants. Trading continued for the next four centuries, despite being interrupted by fires, war and construction work, before coming to a halt in 1991.
Then in 2001, an extensive redevelopment by architects Aukett Fitzroy Robinson transformed The Royal Exchange courtyard, reviving its trading legacy by giving it a new role housing the world’s most desired retailers and placing it, once again, in the thriving centre of commerce.
The Royal Exchange is home to a special collection of contemporary luxury brands, and is where the City converges to meet, eat and shop. The Royal Exchange is owned by Oxford Properties Group, one of the world’s premier real estate investment, development and management companies.
The addition of a terrace by Fortnum & Mason at the front of the building is a new feature that is sure to attract many al fresco diners.