By Jason Webber
You must have wondered what goes on behind the fortress like walls of the Bank of England. The Soane designed security perimeter encloses that place wot sorts inflation out. So is there a hot air balloon inside there? Erm, yes, in fact there is.
This is a brilliant small free museum that educates and entertains. The minute you step through the side door into a recreation of the 18th century Bank Stock office you're learning the surprisingly interesting history of banking in this country, what inflation means (hello, hot air balloon), how cash evolved and lots about a singular city institution; its art, architecture, history, raison d'etre and characters through the ages.
Over the next couple of weeks we'll be bringing you highlights from the collection, news of a special banknote inspired display and hints on how the "Old Lady of Threadneedle Street" keeps our economy afloat, for better or worse.
The Bank of England Museum entrance is on Bartholomew Lane, round the side of the Bank. Open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and is free of charge. Browse previous Museums of the Month