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Tower 42

Tower 42 is the tallest building in the City of London. Situated at 25 Old Broad Street, it was originally built for the National Westminster Bank, hence its older name NatWest Tower. Seen from above the Tower resembles the NatWest logo (three chevrons in a hexagonal arrangement). The tower, designed by Richard Seifert, was built in 1979 and is about 600 ft (180 m) high.

On April 24th 1993, the Provisional IRA exploded a large truck bomb in the Bishopgate area of the City of London. The bomb extensively damaged the NatWest Tower and many other buildings in the vicinity. The tower required extensive repairs and the NatWest relinquished ownership.

The tower was then known for a time as the International Financial Centre. The current name comes from its 42 habitable storeys.

See also: Tall buildings in London

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