Lombard around the World

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London, UK
Ahhh, the beating heart of the UK’s financial hub sees Lombard Street run from the Bank junction, down the side of the Bank of England. It is home to 1 Lombard Street, the Square Mile’s ‘most established restaurant. Pretty competitively priced, in spite of its location, you can enjoy a bottle of Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne for a reasonable £85. If your pockets are deeper, you could try a bottle of Bordeaux’s finest Chateau Petrus 97 for £1,200. If you pockets are bottomless, cavernous pits of cash, you may want to hang around for one of the world’s finest dessert wines, Chateau d’Yquem. Although it will set you back £2,500 for a half bottle, it is a 1935 vintage and would allow you to turn the clock back and taste life before WW2, computers and mobile phones!

Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich is home to the private financial house, Lombard Odier. Founded in1796, the firm has run through seven generations and have been behind some exciting Swiss developments. Lombard Odier helped finance the development and building of the Swiss national railway network, that still attracts millions of global travellers every year. As well as founding the Swiss National Bank, Lombard Odier was the first international bank to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

Illinois, USA
Lombard is small village in the suburbs of Chicago. Famed for its annual Lilac festival, the village of Lombard was also home to the ‘Little Orphan Annie’ comic strip creator, Harold Grey. Lombard has produced many famous sons and daughters, such as Mary Elizabeth Mastroantonio, who played Maid Marian in Kevin Costner’s film, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. You may remember the movie’s love song more than the film – it spawned Bryan Adam’s worldwide hit ‘Everything I do (I do it for you), which was number one in the UK charts for an entire summer in the early 1990’s.

Glebe, Australia
A mere three kilometres south west of Sydney’s business and commerce district, lies the inner city suburb of Glebe, and therein lies Lombard Street. With inlets of Sydney Bay on one side and other suburbs on the other, Glebe has enjoyed regeneration and is a one of Sydney’s up and coming residential areas.

Lombardy, Italy
The original Lombardy, it is a region which lies in the north of Italy, bordering Switzerland. Milan is the principal city of Lombardy and, perhaps unsurprisingly, is Italy’s commercial and financial hub. It is known as one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. Home to Italy’s three most majestic lakes – Maggiore, Como and Garda – Lombardy draws millions of visitors every year. A trip to Milan, Lombardy’s capital, will allow visitors to visit La Scala opera house, splash out on some high-end Italian fashion and see Leonardo Di Vinci’s Last Supper, which is housed in the Convent Of  Santa Maria delle Grazie.

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