About the event
Explore 300 years of the Bank of England’s architectural history as part of our free walking tours in June. We will explore how the Bank of England building changed over the years, from its beginning in 1694 to its current building in Threadneedle Street.
The free tour will take you outside the Bank’s first premises in Mercer’s Hall in Cheapside and Grocer’s Hall in Princes Street. Then marvel at the classical facade of the Bank’s current building which has changed many times over the years.
Hear about the different architects who helped create one of the most iconic buildings in the City of London, including Sir John Soane who designed the curtain wall surrounding the 3.25 acre site today.
Continue the tour inside the Bank of England Museum where you can see the reconstruction of the old Stock Office – a late 1700s banking hall designed by Soane. Learn how the classical style masks the security features which protect the Bank.
After the tour, feel free to wander inside the museum to find out more about the history of the Bank and its work today.
Thursday 29 June at 12pm
Tours will consist of 45 minutes of walking around the City of London, and 15 minutes in the Museum. Please ensure you are comfortable on your feet for this time frame.
Tours are free, but booking is essential.
Learn more about the London Festival of Architecture.