After my trip up the Monument I walked up to the Bank of England. Here I visited the Bank of England Museum.
This is a small, free museum at the back of the Bank. It is free to enter and is open Monday to Friday. When you go in you have to go through airport-style security – understandable I guess, given the proximity to the Bank.
For a free museum, there is quite a lot to see. Exhibitions explore the history of the Bank of England, which was founded in 1694. The inside of the museum has been designed to resemble Sir John Soane’s original design for the vestibule area. Sadly his building was demolished in the mid-20th century to enable a new, multi-storey building to be constructed. I liked looking at the different images of the Bank throughout the years, as well as examples of the different bank notes and coins produced over time.
The most surprising section of the museum was a small display devoted to Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind In the Willows. He worked at the Bank for many years and wrote his famous novel during this time. A first edition of the book is on display.
The Bank of England Museum is well worth a visit if you are in the area. It is informative and interesting and best of all free.
Address: Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8AH
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm