Sir John Soane, Sir Herbert Baker, 1925
Bartholomew Lane, EC2R 8AH
The museum is part of the Bank of England rebuilding in the 1930's by Sir Herbert Baker. One room is a reconstruction of 1793 Bank of England Stock Office by Sir John Soane.
Moorgate, Cannon Street, Bank
Moorgate, Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street, Liverpool Street
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We are a short walk from Bank Underground Station. If you alight at Bank, take Exit 2, turn left onto Threadneedle Street, with the Bank of England on your left hand side. Walk past the Bank of England's main entrance, then turn left onto Bartholomew Lane. The Museum entrance is on the left hand side.
We welcome wheelchair users. If you use a wheelchair, please make yourself known to Security Staff at the entrance to the Museum on Bartholomew Lane. Museum staff will then escort you round to the accessible entrance.
During your visit, you’ll discover some of the Bank of England's history and architecture, and some of its responsibilities as the UK's central bank. Learn about why people started using paper money, and discover why banknotes are so difficult to copy. Test your strength by picking up a gold bar, and find out more about the gold bars stored in our vaults!
You can also find out what the Bank of England does and how this affects you. Find out how it works to keep prices stable, and to keep the financial system safe and sound.
Don’t forget to check out our temporary exhibitions, too!
Founded in 1694 by a Royal Charter, the Bank of England opened for business in rented premises at Mercers Hall, in Cheapside, with just 17 clerks and 2 gatekeepers. Later that year, it moved to Grocers’ Hall in Princes Street where it stayed for 40 years.
In 1734, the Bank moved to its current site in Threadneedle Street. The building was designed by George Sampson as the first purpose-built bank in Britain.
Later on a new architect, Sir Robert Taylor, was hired to add new wings to each side of the building. The east wing was completed in 1765 but he couldn’t build the west wing because the church of St Christopher le Stocks stood in the way! All this changed following the Gordon Riots of 1780. Led by Lord George Gordon, a Protestant, the rioters protested against an act of parliament which reduced discrimination against British Catholics. They climbed to the top of the church spire and threw missiles into the Bank. An Act of Parliament was passed following the incident to demolish the church. The west wing was then completed in 1798, after Taylor’s death.
Next to make changes was Sir John Soane, who was one of Britain’s best known architects. He worked for the Bank for 45 years (from 1788 to 1833). Soane transformed nearly every part of Taylor’s Bank and expanded it to cover the entire 3.25 acre island site we have today.
From 1925 to 1939, Sir Herbert Baker expanded the building. Baker demolished Soane’s architectural gem, and today only the huge curtain wall that surrounds the Bank survives. Baker’s Bank not only rises to 7 storeys but has 3 more floors below. Today, the Bank has more floor space below ground than most of London’s tallest skyscrapers.
Livery Hall first built in 1429, much altered then demolished and rebuilt in 1880, destroyed in 1941 except for external walls (W W Pocock). Designed as a showpiece for the craft of carpentry, the third Hall on the site.
William Wilmer Pocock, Clifford Wearden, Herbert Austen Hall, 1956
miscellaneous, sport, monument
UPDATED: Open daily 10.30am-4pm Closed Mon 19 September. Combined guided tours of Amphitheatre and Guildhall Art Gallery at 12.15pm & 1.15pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. The capital’s only known Roman Amphitheatre
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