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Bishopsgate, London

Bishopsgate is one of the main streets in the City of London and also the street where many of the best known and tallest skyscrapers stand or are being built. Bishopsgate is also the street where Liverpool Street Station is located (actually the station occupies the area around Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, and Old Broad Street).

Besides the street, Bishopsgate is also the name of the surrounding ward (wards are historical administrative subunits of the City of London).

Bishopsgate Location

Bishopsgate (the street) starts at the junction with Cornhill and Leadenhall Street – from this point to the south the street is named Gracechurch Street and goes to the Monument. On the other (northern) end, Bishopsgate ends at the junction with Primrose Street – from this point further to the north the street continues as Norton Folgate. Bishopsgate is part of road A10.

Bishopsgate Buildings

Some of the best known building in Bishopsgate (from south to north) include:

  • The Pinnacle (formerly known as Bishopsgate Tower) – under construction; should be the second tallest building in London (after the Shard) when completed
  • Tower 42 (25 Old Broad Street) – probably the best known of Bishopsgate buildings and the second tallest (183m) skyscraper in the City of London, completed in 1980
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • Heron Tower (110 Bishopsgate) – the tallest skyscraper in the City of London (230m), completed in 2011
  • Broadgate Tower – the 4th tallest building in the City of London (165m), completed in 2009

Liverpool Street Station

Liverpool Street Station is the only tube station in Bishopsgate and the busiest public transport hub in the City of London. It is situated next to the crossing of Bishopsgate and London Wall. The tube station is served by 4 lines: Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan. Liverpool Street is also a railway station – with more than 50 million passengers per year the third busiest train station in London after Waterloo and Victoria. Liverpool Street is also a big junction of buses and the terminus for Stansted Airport shuttle trains (Stansted Express) and buses.