Bank of England Museum

Museums , History Bank Free
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The museum tells the story of the Bank of England, from its origins in 1694, as a national bank to fund the war with France, to the present. As well as ancient coins and original artwork for British banknotes, the museum offers a rare chance to manhandle a real 13kg gold bar (closely monitored, more's the pity, by CCTV). 'Kenneth Grahame and the Bank of England' is a permanent display commemorating the non-literary career of ‘The Wind of Willows’ author, who worked at the Bank of England for 30 years, and there's a small exhibit exploring Handel's financial dealings with the bank, as well as a reconstruction of Sir John Soane's 1793 Bank Stock Office – Soane was the bank's original architect.


Venue name: Bank of England Museum
Address: Threadneedle St (entrance in Bartholomew Lane)
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri (closed public and bank holidays).
Transport: Tube: Bank
Price: Free
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Free entrance museum for money and monetary systems. Nice, compact, comprehensive and informative. Most enjoyable though for smaller ages interested to learn how bank system works and how money are issued - diddn't feel that extra that I was expecting. Fun part; have your first  (I suppose soo) closeup to a real gold bar - put your hands on it and have your fisrt (and last I suppose again) feeling on how a gold bar is. Unlike to most London's museums, it is open only weekdays up to 17.00, so if you are working full time seems a bit difficult to be able to pay a visit.

Izzy K

If you are into banking, monetary systems, or coins, you will probably love this place more than an average visitor. I’m from the latter lot, but I think the museum can satisfy anyone interested in British history, architecture and even literature (the double live of Kenneth Grahame, one of my favourite childhood authors and the man behind ‘The Wind of Willows,’ was a revelation to me). Obviously you will find here collections of old coins and old banknotes, information on the banking mechanisms and some terminology explained. You will, for example, find out that pound sterling is the oldest currency in the world and have all symbols on the British notes explained (many of which I've never paid attention to).

You can also fiddle with the new polymer banknotes before their official release, see the 18th century 1 million pound note and try your strength on a 13kg bar of gold.