Lifting the Old Lady's skirt

Friday 05 Jun 2009

Rare opportunity to see inside the Bank of England's 1734 headquarters

274 years of handshakes and signatures echo within the walls of the the Bank of England headquarters at Threadneedle Street in London, a building endearingly referred to as the Old Lady. Aside from the ghostly presence of history, however, very few beings have been privileged enough to witness the grandeur and master craft embodied in the architecture of the Old Lady's interior first hand. But that's set to change.

For nearly 200 years, from 1780-1973, the Bank was protected every night by a military detachment called the Bank Guard. Now, in a spectacularly candid gesture, the Old lady will open her doors for one day in June and one weekend in September, to the prying eyes of the public. As part of the City of London Festival, 30-minute guided behind-the-scenes guided tours will take visitors through the Bank, including the Front Hall, Garden Court, the Monetary Policy Committee’s meeting room and the Court Room, pictured here.

No booking is necessary for the tours which will take place on 20 June, and 19 & 20 September, 9.30am-5pm. (With last entry 4.30pm)

For more information visit the Bank of England website

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