Tower 42 is a skyscraper located in the centre of London. The construction of the building was commissioned by the National Westminster Bank which wanted to use it as its main headquarters. That is why the building is also called NatWest Tower. It is said that from a bird's eye view the tower looks like the company's logo.
The 183-metre high tower, constructed between 1971 and 1980, is one of the tallest buildings in London. It was designed by Richard Seyfert and John Mowlem. Initially, the project to build the tower met with a severe criticism from some people who thought that the building would be too tall and would require the demolition of another, 19th century building. Finally, the project was approved and the tower of steel and glass was erected.
Inside, the tower houses offices as well as two very popular restaurants - the first one, located on the 24th floor, is run by the head chef Harry Rhodes, while the other one, located on the 42th floor, specializes in seafood.
Currently, Tower 42 does not belong to the National Westminster Bank because the company decided to sell it to the International Financial Center after it had been badly damaged in the terrorist attack by IRA in 1993.