Plantation Place

Plantation Place is a large office development in the City of London, taking its name from a previous 'Plantation House', once the world's recognised centre of the tea trade.


It is currently the headquarters of RSA Insurance Group and QBE Insurance in addition to being the main UK office for Accenture, and occupies almost an entire block of approximately 10,200 square metres, bounded by Fenchurch Street, Mincing Lane, Eastcheap and Rood Lane.


Constructed in 2004, the building is 68 m high and was built on the remains of the old Roman colony of Londinium, burned down by Boudica in AD 60. A hoard of gold coins from the 2nd century were found on the site. It is set to be dwarfed by the proposed 160m skyscraper known as the Walkie Talkie at 20 Fenchurch Street.


The complex contains almost 3,000 m² of roof gardens, offering stunning views of London's financial district. In September 2004, these roof gardens were made open to the public as part of the Open House London weekend.


The previous building on the site was Plantation House (built in 1935) and served the commodities markets, especially for tea and rubber. It was the home of the London Metal Exchange until 1994.