Sunday, May 21, 2017
Banking on Lunch in the City
After a busy morning walking the wonderful streets of London, my legs told me it was time to sit and relax for a while. So while wandering along among all those tall and exotic looking buildings in the City of London, I was keeping my eye out for a good place to have lunch and take a break from all that walking.
When I peeked in the open door of The Counting House I knew I had found the perfect spot.
How can a pub be so gorgeous?
I soon learned that what was now a pub was once a bank dating back to 1893. It was once the home of Prescott's Bank to be exact. And, the history of the place doesn't stop there. The original bank building was built on the site of an old Roman basilica with the foundations of this building resting on ancient Roman walls.
I ordered a delicious pasta dish from a very friendly waitress who was happy to fill me in on some of the history of the place.
The bar of the pub sits in the center of the room and was once the place where banking transactions took place. The domed glass ceiling and the chandeliers all date back from it's financial past. I especially liked the supports that held up the antique brass foot rail around the bar.
The Counting House proved to be a great place for lunch with a splendid history and some very beautiful furnishings. Squeezed in between all those glass and steel towers that the City of London is famous for, it was a gem of old world charm.