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.

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 notes. Founded...
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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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About Bank of Ceylon Bank of Ceylon is a major commercial bank based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Government-owned, the bank has hundreds of branches throughout the country plus branches...
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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 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 Ahli United Bank Ahli United Bank is a bank headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. It is the largest bank in the country. Formerly known as the United Bank of Kuwait, what is now...
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Personal Banks

Personal banks in the UK

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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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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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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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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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 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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Business Banks

Personal banks in the UK

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 notes. Founded...
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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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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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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 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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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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Online Only Banks

Online Only and App banks in the UK

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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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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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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Pocket money has evolved from the days of handing out spare change for doing chores around the house. The latest (and easiest) way to manage and keep track of your children’s finance...
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Talking of ‘digital and financial innovation’, Dozens provides a current account alongside investment opportunities. It claims to help you ‘maximise your money’s potential’, but is...
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Its name suggests that it’s revolutionary. It also makes it sound like a vodka brand. For frequent travellers and those with friends overseas, this may be the ideal bank. First...
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Savings Banks

Savings banks in the UK

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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Talking of ‘digital and financial innovation’, Dozens provides a current account alongside investment opportunities. It claims to help you ‘maximise your money’s potential’, but is...
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About Masthaven Bank Masthaven Bank was founded in 2004. At that time, the company only offered secured lending and bridging loans. After receiving a banking licence in 2016, Masthaven...
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About United Trust Bank United Trust Bank was founded in 1955 as Bank Insinger de Beaufort PLC. It is based in London, United Kingdom. United Trust’s business is focused on providing...
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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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About Diamond Bank Diamond Bank is a Nigerian international bank headquartered in Lagos. The bank also has branches in Benin Republic, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal, plus a subsidiary...
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Private Banks

Savings banks in the UK

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 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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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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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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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 Bank...
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