|Venue : The Counting House, 50 Cornhill, City of London. EC3V 3PD|
|Reviewed : October 2009||Telephone :020 7283 7123|
Brewery : Fullers
|Facilities : Fruit machine, Ale and Pie & traditional pub food.|
The Counting House on Cornhill is Fullers award winning flag-ship pub in the heart of the City. Fullers even announcing their half year results here, the location being ideal and the surroundings suitably impressive. It really is a tribute to Fullers that you can order a pint of London Pride and enjoy these surroundings yourself.
The island bar is impressive and so are the smartly dressed bar staff, on offer is the full range of Fullers, from Chiswick to Discovery and the seasonal beers make a welcome visit when available. There are function rooms at the back of the pub as well as an upper floor mezzanine available for dinners. Built in 1893 as a bank it passed though many banking hands, Natwest bank being the last. The building was purchased by Fullers in 1997 and was Grade II listed in the same year.
There is an War Memorial dedicated to the staff of the bank who died in the Great War just on the right hand side as you enter.
If you leave The Counting House and head right up Cornhill toward the junction of Gracechurch Street, just a very short walk leads you to the church of St. Peter-upon-Cornhill. As with many churches within the Square Mile it's predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire. It was replaced by the current structure, built by Christopher Wren in 1677 - 1687. Mendelssohn played serveral times on the organ, there is an autographed manuscript within the church.
If you where to turn left and head a couple of yards down Cornhill you will come to the old 'Union Discount Company of London' building at 39 Cornhill. In 1885 the Union Discount Company of London was formed from the amalgamation of the General Credit and Discount Corporation of London and the United Discount Corporation. It soon became the largest London discount house in terms of turnover and deposits; a position it held until the 1980s. The peot Thomas Gray was born in a house which stood here on 26 December 1716.