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Old Bank of England

Central London, EC4A 2LT

Good Pub Guide - Recommended

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Contact Details

Old Bank of England, 194 Fleet Street, EC4A 2LT

(020) 7430 2255

www.oldbankofengland.co.uk

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11

Saturday: 12-9

Closed: Sun

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Good Pub Guide Recommended

Dramatically converted former bank building, with gleaming chandeliers in impressive soaring bar, well kept McMullens beers and tasty food

Once a subsidiary branch of the Bank of England, this has a quite astounding interior. It's a Grade I listed Italianate building and the splendid spacious bar has three gleaming chandeliers hanging from an exquisitely plastered ceiling that soars above an unusually tall island bar counter crowned with a clock. The end wall has huge paintings and murals that look like 18th-c depictions of Justice, but, in fact, feature members of the Fuller, Smith and Turner families, who set up the famous London brewery. There are well polished dark wooden furnishings, luxurious curtains swagging massive windows, plenty of framed prints and, despite the grandeur, some surprisingly cosy corners, with screens between tables creating an unexpectedly intimate feel. The quieter galleried section upstairs offers a bird's-eye view of the action; some smaller rooms (used mainly for functions) open off. McMullen AK, Country Bitter and IPA on handpump alongside Rivertown, a good choice of malt whiskies and a dozen wines by the glass. At lunchtime, the background music is generally classical or easy listening; it's louder and livelier in the evenings. There's also a garden with seats (one of the few pubs in the area to have one).

Awards

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Beer Award

Beer Award

Wine Award

Wine Award

Information

Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Meals & Snacks

Meals & Snacks

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Cask Ales

Cask Ales

Background Music

Background Music

Dogs at the bar

Dogs at the bar

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Ratings and Reviews

3 / 5 - 38 votes cast


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