The World’s 13 Most Guarded Places, And Their Dark Secrets

5. Bank of England Vault

The Bank is custodian to the official gold reserves of the United Kingdom and many other countries.


The vault, beneath the City of London, covers a floor space greater than that of the third-tallest building in the City,Tower 42, and needs keys that are three feet long and a voice recognition computer system to open.

As at around 2011, the Bank was the 15th-largest custodian of gold reserves, holding around 4600 tonnes. These gold deposits were estimated in February 2012 to have a current market value of £156,000,000,000.

The World's 13 Most Guarded Places, And Their Dark Secrets


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