London Sights

Bank of England

  • Threadneedle St. Map It
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  • Financial Institution

Fodor's Review

The United Kingdom's main bank has been central to the British economy since 1694. Known for the past couple of centuries as "the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street," after the name appeared in a caption to a political cartoon (which can be seen in the museum), the bank manages the national debt and the foreign exchange reserves, issues banknotes, sets interest rates, looks after England's gold, and regulates the country's banking system. Sir John Soane designed the neoclassical hulk in 1788, wrapping it in windowless walls, which are all that survives of his original building. The bank's history is traced in the surprisingly varied Bank of England Museum (the entrance is around the corner on Bartholomew Lane). In addition to the bank's original Royal Charter, there's a lively program of special exhibitions, plus interactive displays (try your hand at controlling inflation!). Still, most visitors make a beeline for the solid-gold bar that can be stroked and held in the central trading hall—before you get any ideas, there's security everywhere.

Sight Information

Address:

Threadneedle St., London, EC2R 8AH, England

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Phone:

020-7601–4878

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 10–5; last admission 4:45

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