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Emblem House

(Incorporating Denmark House)

Emblem House and Denmark House, which house

the London Bridge Hospital’s Outpatient Centre, were

both built in 1900 as shipping and general offices.

The larger Emblem House has an interesting facade all

in faience, and Denmark House has a large intricate

stone sculpture at roof level showing a merchant

ship. This is typical of the offices that served the

adjacent wharves, all bringing in many varieties of

food products, so much so that this side of the Pool of

London was known as the ‘Larder of London’.

The extensive cellars were used for storage, including

the Tsar of Russia’s silver reserves, and later that of

Lenin’s, which were shipped out of the building when

necessary in a plain-looking bread delivery van.