The Handbook
The Handbook

Banks and pubs, you might not put them together, well except when you need to drown your sorrows after seeing your overdraft (or to celebrate that you haven’t fallen into it, a more rare occurrence) but now one is becoming the other as the former site of the Bank of New Zealand, 91 Gresham Street is getting a new lease of life as it opens up as The Trading House pub next month.    

The Victorian pub will invoke the spirit of the East India Trading Company as well as London’s nautical heritage and most of the Grade II building’s architectural detail has been kept; so expect dark wood, high ceilings, spiral staircases and period features and fittings because if anyone knew how to run a good pub it was the Victorians.

Food is kept simple, it’s all about freshly cooked pub food, the sort of heart-warming, comfort food we all crave after a long day at the desk: burgers, steaks, rotisserie chicken and hanging kebabs made with grilled meat, prawn and halloumi will all frequent the menu and if you’re just in the mood for grazing then there will be deli boards and smaller plates.

When it comes to drinks they’re pretty clued up, in fact the bar staffed all know the world’s 100 top cocktails, which pretty much guarantees you can have your favourite drink, however obscure. If it’s gin you’re after then you’re in luck as they have 20 different sorts all paired with tonics and their own garnish. If you’re still not happy (jeez) then they will also have a huge range of craft beers, ales and ciders alongside, two brand new bespoke brews, made by New World Trading Company themselves: a Pacific Pale Ale and Passionate Blonde, a live cask ale.

There will be nightly live music and a late license which means you can drop in at any part in the night or do as we will and move from drinks to dinner to dancing without having to walk anywhere in between – always a bonus.

Trading House: Opens June, 91 Gresham Street, EC2 V  7NQ,