The London Stock Exchange is located in London, England, and is the largest exchange in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The LSE has companies from more than 50 countries, making it the most international of all stock exchanges. Beginning in the late s, organised trading began in the coffee houses in London. Trading began with prices for a few commodities, and the auctions would occur during the time a candle could burn.
By the mids, some stock brokers were gathering at a coffee shop to buy and sell shares. The London Stock Exchange was formally founded in , when formal memberships were offered up for subscriptions. As world economies began booming, the stocks offered and memberships sold rose.
Branches of the stock exchange were opened in growing business centers, Liverpool and Manchester. Throughout the 20th-century, the London Stock Exchange saw more growth in size, dampened occasional by two world wars.
In , trading was moved to the basement floor after the building was struck with a V2 rocket. By , the exchange moved to Stock Exchange Tower where it would remain until For companies looking to list on the exchange, the LSE has multiple markets.
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