Building the Bank of England: Sir John Soane at Threadneedle Street

Discover how the famous architect transformed the Bank of England.

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About the display

Monday 13 May to Friday 8 November 2019

Sir John Soane (1753–1837) was the British architect who designed the Bank of England’s headquarters on Threadneedle Street between 1788 and 1833.

Inspired by the ancient world, his structure was both practical and impressive. Although very little of Soane’s original work survives today, the perimeters of our site remain.

Our display uses records from the Bank of England Archive to give you an insight into Soane’s work. Architectural plans, correspondence and photographs show how Soane doubled the size of the building to accommodate its changing role.

Find out how he achieved his vision by buying neighbouring properties and negotiating with public authorities over the perimeter of the site.

Free admission

We are open Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays), last entry at 4:30pm.

Top banner image courtesy of the Trustees, Sir John Soane's Museum, London
This page was last updated 23 September 2020

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