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Photo buffs use Lloyd's building for risky snaps

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The Lloyd's of London building is synonymous with risk taking.

The building is home to the more than 300-year-old insurance and reinsurance market that prides itself on underwriting unusual risks.

And two intrepid photography fans cast aside any thoughts of health and safety when they scaled the iconic Richard Rogers-designed building in order to take pictures of the London skyline.

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According to the Daily Mail, daredevils Matthew Adams, 23, and Daniel Batchelor, 26, climbed scaffolding of a neighboring building and then transferred across to the 312-foot-tall Lloyd's building without using any safety equipment.

The two told the Daily Mail that climbing buildings to take photographs gave them a “buzz.”

The Lloyd's building is a leading example of “Bowellism” architecture, whereby all services such as ducts, elevators and pipes, are located on the building's exterior to maximize space inside.

Messrs. Adams and Batchelor are not the first climbing enthusiasts to have hit the headlines for scaling the Lloyd's building.

In 2009, famed French climber Alain Robert, known as “le Spiderman,” climbed the building during anti-capitalism protests in London.