Popular Banks

The UK is home to a whole host of banks, both founded here and operating here as divisions of international institutions. These banks cover all aspects of financial services, including retail, business, corporate, investment, online-only and private banking. Take a look at some of the most popular banks for this month below or scroll down to see other bank types. For a full list, click here.

Overview First Glance Chase is a digital challenger bank in the UK, first launched in 2021 by JPMorgan, one of the largest banks in the US. With over 56 million existing customers...
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About Founded in 1864 as Huddersfield Building Society, the company grew organically until 1975, when it became part of the largest merger between building societies to date. In...
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About Lombard Odier is a Swiss bank founded in 1796 that focuses on private and institutional wealth and asset management. Their mission statement is ‘Rethink Everything’, meaning...
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About Julius Baer is a Swiss company focused on wealth management. Its mission is to always be at the forefront of the industry by welcoming change and adopting the latest technologies....
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About Founded in 1884, Coventry Building Society is currently the second-largest building society in the UK, with total assets of £51 billion. Founded much later than other major building...
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Personal Banks

Personal banks in the UK

Overview First Glance Chase is a digital challenger bank in the UK, first launched in 2021 by JPMorgan, one of the largest banks in the US. With over 56 million existing customers...
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About Bank of China The Bank of China, or BOC, is one of the four largest state-owned commercial banks in China. The bank has a close relationship with its subsidiary Bank of China...
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An online-only bank, Tandem is based in London and offers customers a different approach to traditional banking. The focus of their website is on helping people manage their finances...
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Transferring money was traditionally a long, arduous, and expensive process. Sending funds overseas often required you to wait until the perfect moment, when exchange rates were favourable....
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About Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, or ADIB, is an Islamic bank based in the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Established in 1997, all ADIB banking operations...
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About Ulster Bank Ulster Bank is one of the ‘Big Four’ Irish banks and is registered in both Northern Ireland (as Ulster Bank Limited) and the Republic of Ireland (as Ulster Bank...
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Business Banks

Personal banks in the UK

About Bank of China The Bank of China, or BOC, is one of the four largest state-owned commercial banks in China. The bank has a close relationship with its subsidiary Bank of China...
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About Bank of Communications Bank of Communications, sometimes shortened to BoCom or BoComm, is one of China’s largest banks. It was one of the first Chinese banks to issue bank...
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About Hodge Bank Established in 1987, Hodge Bank is named after Sir Julian Hodge. It is the only UK bank to be headquartered in Wales, with its head office based in Cardiff. The bank...
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About Bank of Cyprus Bank of Cyprus was founded in 1899 as the Nicosia Savings Bank, is a Cypriot bank. It was the first Cypriot bank; before then, all other banks in Cyprus were foreign-owned....
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About Bank of Beirut Bank of Beirut, founded in 1963, is a commercial bank based in Beirut, Lebanon. The bank began life in 1963 as Realty Business Bank, before changing its name to...
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About Ulster Bank Ulster Bank is one of the ‘Big Four’ Irish banks and is registered in both Northern Ireland (as Ulster Bank Limited) and the Republic of Ireland (as Ulster Bank...
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Online Only Banks

Online Only and App banks in the UK

Overview First Glance Chase is a digital challenger bank in the UK, first launched in 2021 by JPMorgan, one of the largest banks in the US. With over 56 million existing customers...
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An online-only bank, Tandem is based in London and offers customers a different approach to traditional banking. The focus of their website is on helping people manage their finances...
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Transferring money was traditionally a long, arduous, and expensive process. Sending funds overseas often required you to wait until the perfect moment, when exchange rates were favourable....
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Last updated:  About Atom Bank Atom Bank is a digital-only financial company and ‘challenger bank’ established in Durham in 2014. Challenger banks are smaller,...
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Offering savings accounts that encourage you to ‘put the interest back into your savings’, Marcus is a trading name of Goldman Sachs. Though you might not have heard of Marcus, you’ll...
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Their slogan is ‘banking made easy’, and they say that you can open an account in less than 10 minutes.  Should you add a Hot Coral Monzo card to your wallet? First Glance If...
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Savings Banks

Savings banks in the UK

Overview First Glance Chase is a digital challenger bank in the UK, first launched in 2021 by JPMorgan, one of the largest banks in the US. With over 56 million existing customers...
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About Hodge Bank Established in 1987, Hodge Bank is named after Sir Julian Hodge. It is the only UK bank to be headquartered in Wales, with its head office based in Cardiff. The bank...
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About Bank of Cyprus Bank of Cyprus was founded in 1899 as the Nicosia Savings Bank, is a Cypriot bank. It was the first Cypriot bank; before then, all other banks in Cyprus were foreign-owned....
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About Gatehouse Bank Gatehouse Bank, formerly known as Milestone Savings, is a UK challenger bank based in London. Founded in 2008, the bank is Sharia compliant. The Milestone Capital...
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About Cambridge & Counties Bank Cambridge & Counties Bank, launched in June 2012 and based in the United Kingdom, is unique amongst UK banks. This is because 50% of the bank is owned...
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Offering savings accounts that encourage you to ‘put the interest back into your savings’, Marcus is a trading name of Goldman Sachs. Though you might not have heard of Marcus, you’ll...
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Private Banks

Savings banks in the UK

About Adam & Company Founded in 1983, Adam and Company is a division of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), catering for private banking customers with services including investment...
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About Bank of Beirut Bank of Beirut, founded in 1963, is a commercial bank based in Beirut, Lebanon. The bank began life in 1963 as Realty Business Bank, before changing its name to...
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About Bank of Ireland The Bank of Ireland is an Irish commercial bank. It is one of the ‘Big Four’ of Irish banks and was established by Royal Charter in 1783. The Bank of Ireland...
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Access Bank is a Nigerian multinational bank with some 305 branches located across Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. Founded in 1989, Access is licensed by the Central...
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NatWest, or National Westminster, is a retail and commercial bank based in the United Kingdom. It is one of the ‘Big Four’ UK clearing banks and has more than 7.5million personal banking...
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Aldermore Bank Background Aldermore Bank (UK) provides commercial banking services to retail and institutional customers. Founded in May 2009 by CEO Phillip Monks, Aldermore...
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