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London - Banking
There are a number of international banks in London that offer international or offshore bank accounts in Sterling, US dollar, and Euros, making it easy and convenient to withdraw, deposit, and transfer money between accounts. The major international banks offering these and other financial services, such as savings, investments, and tax preparation, are HSBC, Lloyds TSB, and Citibank. The contact details for their U.K. offices are as follows:
Customer Relations Department
HSBC Bank International Limited
+44 1534 616 111 (for questions about opening a standard account)
Lloyds TSB Bank Plc
8-10 Waterloo Place
+44 (0)1624 638000 (from outside the U.K.)
0800 876 6555 (from within the U.K.)
Customer Service Team
Citibank International plc
P.O. Box 49930
0800 00 88 00
www.citibank.co.uk London branches are located at St. Paul's; Cabot Place, Canary Wharf; Canada Square, Canary Wharf; Monument; Hanover Square; and The Strand.
Many of the U.K.'s major banks also offer international or offshore accounts. These include Abbey National, Barclays Bank, Natwest, and Royal Bank of Scotland. Branches are located throughout Greater London. Information about opening an account or finding a local branch can be found at the following web sites:
Royal Bank of Scotland
There are also a large number of banks that cater to particular expat groups. Some of the these include Bank of America, The Bank of Ireland, The Bank of Thailand, Deutsche Bank, Emirates Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, State Bank of India, and Turkish Bank, just to name a few.
Normal banking hours are from 9:00 or 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; some banks are also open Saturday mornings.
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