I could have done with a longer pootle round as it is full of interesting facts and interactive areas. I did manage to lift the real gold bar just a teeny bit and wasn't put off by all the CCTV watching me do it! I was expecting to be searched on the way out. Mind you it weighed 28lbs and at that minute was worth over £310,000.
It was good to see the coins and notes from my childhood and those from a little earlier from 1694.
|All the real gold bars stacked neatly in the vault - you can only see this virtually|
|There's the gold bar you can try and lift, you put your hand through the opening|
|You can buy a gold bar money box in the shop, sadly not the real thing ! Above is real though.|
|Assorted troy weights and scales|
|Looking up to the ceiling. Sir John Soane designed the Bank of England, there's a statue of him incorporated into the outer wall. However, more space was needed and his building was demolished apart from the curtain wall and a 7 storey building was built in it's place by Herbert Barker.|
|Originally on the outside of the Bank, the 12 caryatids are now in the Museum|
|Original banknotes from the 1690s|
I really should have had an hour to do justice to the exhibits and will have to return another day.
Just round the cornerish is Fenchurch Street so I thought I might as well have a look at the Sky Garden but didn't realise you needed a reservation so will have to be more organised next time. Mind you the building looks awfully high . . .
|Not this one!|
|Not this one with wings outside!|
|It looks like a cheese grater, but the Sky Garden is up there somewhere!|
|A bus in the window|
Back home again now.
Hope you enjoyed the visits and have found a few more places to explore.
Thanks for stopping by.