The Old Bank of England Pub

The Old Bank of England Pub

The Old Bank of England Pub
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12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
About
The Old Bank of England is now managed by McMullen & Sons Hertfordshire Brewers One of the most stunning pub interiors in the city of London now with a new lease of life, paired with honest pub grub and fantastic, Hertfordshire brewed beers. Welcome to the Old Bank of England! Our pub resides in the old Law Court’s branch of the previous Bank of England which operated from 1888 to 1975, although you may not be able to get a loan with us you are bound to receive attentive service, and a unique experience in the country’s capital. The location is also famously directly between Sweeney Todd's barber shop and Mrs Lovett's pie shop! Our vintage Routemaster Bus is available for private hire, a truly unique experience in the heart of Fleet Street.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
How to get there
  • Temple • 5 min walk
  • Chancery Lane • 7 min walk
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Epitome of Sophistication!
    This is a historical building as the first Bank of England was located here from 1888 till 1975. It has one of the most stunning interiors of London. The opulent ceiling is so grand that you start feeling that you are in one of the palaces of Europe. Nothing has changed since 1975, even the chandeliers have Bank of England etched on them. The food served is pretty good but the ambience outshines everything. There is an old red double decker bus parked in the courtyard. Interestingly it is located next to Sweeney Todd Shop of the Demon Barber. Do visit this pub for it’s looks.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • mrcoxexcel
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great pub - well worth a visit
    I booked for 9 people to eat here; they put us into a separate room and whilst the food was certainly pub grub, it was far better than most London pubs offer. Great beer too and a superb waitress served at our table. Everyone enjoyed the food and drink and loved the really splendid surroundings.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Nirmal G
    Esher, United Kingdom51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pub grub at the The Old Bank of England Pub, Fleet Street, London
    My husband and myself visited this famous pub on Fleet Street, London, few days ago for an experience. The pub itself is a shear delight to walk thru and experience its past galore. The good ( chicken pies) were delicious , crisp and a hearty treat.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Raidon22
    London, United Kingdom277 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice setting
    Evening meal. Food was good but not excellent. Setting is really good Tip - get drinks yourself from bar. If ordered from table then you will pay service charge I don’t mind paying service charge for food, but drinks in London are expensive enough without a service charge
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Danks Knows
    Shoalhaven, Australia2,072 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok pub, but don’t expect much.
    The England Pub is just outside Ljubljana old town near the City Hotel. Apparently, this is the old site of the Bank of England, now a pub that does not reflect English pubs. Beer, Guinness, London Pride, Kilkenny is available and at about 4 Euros a pint is well priced. The pub though looks very run down and the outside seating is surrounded by a large car park. Lacks ambience.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 October 2023
  • BD
    Bromley, United Kingdom456 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful historical building with quirky additions …..
    Had seen this pub on TikTok and had to visit. As it was the old Bank of England the building was beautiful but works really well as a pub! Loved the chandeliers! Staff were really friendly and service was great. Absolutely loved the double decker bus out in the courtyard and got some fab photos! It will be wonderful to sit out there in the Summer. Also loved the Sweeney Todd corner! Really quirky ideas - totally instagrammable! Talked to the Manager about the huge vaults down below which are used to store the wine now. Incredible to think what an important building this once was. Really enjoyed our visit and would definitely recommend.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 January 2024
  • DowningB
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful London pub
    Our tour guide showed us this pub during our stroll of central London last summer. I was so impressed that I went back for lunch the next day as the ambience is terrific. I went straight to the bar to ask about seating and was told to sit anywhere I like. Great. After picking a table in the back room, I downloaded the menu on my phone via the QR code. I could see the menu but couldn't place the order. I finally gave up and went back to the bartender and told him I was having problems. He then told me it wasn't working--might have mentioned that in the first place. I placed my order with him. So after a bit of a rough start, everything else went smoothly. I was "fish and chips" exhausted at that point, so I ordered a good ol' cheeseburger and fries along with a pint. Service was very prompt, and the food and drink were delicious. I will gladly return, although there are so many places to try in London that it may be a while. Next time, I'll check to make sure the QR code is working, lol. Highly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Sam
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheryl - you are Amazing and thank you
    Wow what a lovely historic and welcoming place. My friend and I went for lunch and was welcomed by Cheryl who checked on our food and ensured we were happy. She also walked us around the pub and explained some of the history which was very interesting, she also showed us outside where the Bus was in the Garden which was a huge WOW factor. Thank you Cheryl you really did make our visit a very enjoyable one.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 April 2024
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Sam
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Wow what a lovely historic and welcoming place. My friend and I went for lunch and was welcomed by Cheryl who checked on our food and ensured we were happy. She also walked us around the pub and explained some of the history which was very interesting, she also showed us outside where the Bus was in the Garden which was a huge WOW factor. Thank you Cheryl you really did make our visit a very enjoyable one.
Written 16 April 2024
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DowningB
Portland57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Our tour guide showed us this pub during our stroll of central London last summer. I was so impressed that I went back for lunch the next day as the ambience is terrific.

I went straight to the bar to ask about seating and was told to sit anywhere I like. Great. After picking a table in the back room, I downloaded the menu on my phone via the QR code. I could see the menu but couldn't place the order. I finally gave up and went back to the bartender and told him I was having problems. He then told me it wasn't working--might have mentioned that in the first place. I placed my order with him.

So after a bit of a rough start, everything else went smoothly. I was "fish and chips" exhausted at that point, so I ordered a good ol' cheeseburger and fries along with a pint. Service was very prompt, and the food and drink were delicious.

I will gladly return, although there are so many places to try in London that it may be a while. Next time, I'll check to make sure the QR code is working, lol.

Highly recommend.
Written 7 April 2024
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villageidiot2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Great bar, and even better staff. We were particularly with the friendly assistance and useful advice we got from Laura, from Antalya in Turkey. If I were working in Antalya, I would not be able to give anything like as good as a service. We will be back.
Written 6 March 2024
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Rebecca M
232 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Busy restaurant pub. Food was average and does not offer table service. Great outdoor space overlooking Thames. Service was not friendly.
Written 29 February 2024
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BD
Bromley, UK456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Had seen this pub on TikTok and had to visit. As it was the old Bank of England the building was beautiful but works really well as a pub! Loved the chandeliers! Staff were really friendly and service was great. Absolutely loved the double decker bus out in the courtyard and got some fab photos! It will be wonderful to sit out there in the Summer. Also loved the Sweeney Todd corner! Really quirky ideas - totally instagrammable! Talked to the Manager about the huge vaults down below which are used to store the wine now. Incredible to think what an important building this once was. Really enjoyed our visit and would definitely recommend.
Written 20 January 2024
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Jaime R
Seville, Spain7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It is definitely worth a visit. Beautiful place. We had Sunday roast there and it was good value for money. Check Sweeney Todd’s corner.
Written 13 December 2023
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Jess-Roy
Brighton, UK59 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The venue is lovely, however poorly trained and inexperienced staff means the experience wasn’t great. Took ages to order food and drink, food order was messed up. Pies were very dry and not home made. they brought us two meals although only ordered one. Left it on the table for ages and then came back and said Manager insists we take it away. Pretty ungenerous and such a waste as would have to go straight into the bin. But Manager would rather bin it, than just say it’s ok have it on the house. Won’t go back and wouldn’t recommend . How the staff greet you and interact is so important and unfortunately the staff here were disinterested and unfriendly
Written 12 December 2023
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Sabrina T
Atlanta, GA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We were looking forward to visiting this pub based on the pictures and history. We had great drinks and food was good. We sat in the pub area where you order yourself at the bar and they bring the food to you. It was early afternoon so tables were a little scarce but we got a nice one on the second level looking down. Bartender and server who brought the food were both super friendly. It is well worth stopping in as it’s such a pretty place. I’ve seen some posts with harsh reviews but for us it wasn’t the case so I do recommend taking a walking break and having a drink here :)
Written 27 November 2023
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murrayschicken
Poole, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Found this place on Facebook and had to visit because of the history, wasnt disappointed the pub is the old bank of England with lots of good touches left behind, even has a double decker bus in the garden. Food was great, service excellent, great location on Fleet street
Written 10 November 2023
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Keith P
London, UK24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
I’m sure the food will be ok but disappointed that no real soft drinks in a bottle. I don’t want a diet drink that comes out of a machine, I want it in a bottle. So I ended up having a bottle of water
Written 1 November 2023
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