Metro Bank's opening today on the corner of High Holborn and Southampton Row has created quite a media furore, not least because of its 'dog's welcome' stance. And from EG Tower's HQ in Holborn we've had a prime viewing spot of the opening of the first branch of the UK's first new bank for over a century.
The old stalwarts of the banking world obviously weren't in the mood to indulge the new kid, and Barclay's Bank had employed its own guerrilla tactics.
Alongside Metro bank's dixie band, the complimentary shoe shine and ladies on stilts were Barclay's horse guards and a town crier handing out their own freebies.
We'll be keeping a beady eye on how things go for Metro bank, not just because it has aggresive expansion plans for 200 stores that might keep a few agents busy for some time. But it will be interesting to see how a bank, who's prime selling point is being open 7 days a week, fares having its first branch on a corner in Holborn which isn't known for its bustling weekend trade.
And if you're in the mood for a bit of Dixieland then there's also a short video from outside the bank on our Flickr page.