The Old Bank of England

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The Old Bank of England, Fleet Street, London

The Old Bank of England is a public house at 194 Fleet Street, where the City of London meets the City of Westminster.

It was constructed on a corner site in 1886 by Sir Arthur Blomfield in a grand Italianate style, the interior having three large chandeliers with a detailed plaster ceiling. It is a Grade II listed building.[1][2]

The building was occupied by the Law Court's branch of the Bank of England from 1888 to 1975 before it was refurbished and put to its current use in 1994.[3][4] The vaults beneath the pub once contained gold bullion, and are said to have held the Crown Jewels for a period as well.[5] The pub is close to where the fictional Sweeney Todd is said to have plied his trade.[6]

The pub is currently operated by McMullen's Brewery.

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  1. ^ Historic England. "The Old Bank of England (1192681)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Old Bank of England – 194 Fleet Street, London, Central London, EC4A 2LT". The Good Pub Guide. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  3. ^ "See the pubs that were converted from old bank branches – BBC Newsbeat". 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  4. ^ "The Old Bank of England Pub Website (Wayback Machine snapshot)". Archived from the original on 2019-10-21. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  5. ^ "Old Bank Of England". Londonist. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  6. ^ "British pubs with a dark history". Telegraph. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2018-03-27.

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Coordinates: 51°30′50″N 0°06′41″W / 51.513963°N 0.111486°W / 51.513963; -0.111486