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This is a list of some of the financial institutions or banks in the UK.

It doesn't try to list them all by any means but rather lists some of the largest that will be the most familiar names with people that have any sort of relationship with a bank in the UK.

Although many of these now may belong to the same parent group with all the consolidation that has taken place since the financial crisis, for the sake of clarity as many are still separate on the high street and considered separate in the consciousness of the people, each institution is listed under the name it is known as on the high street rather than under a parent group.
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List of British Banks

(1) Barclays Bank

Barclays is one of the oldest and most established of the British banks. It was one of the few that escaped having to be bailed out by the British government during the financial crisis, although it did raise a lot of finance from overseas in order to shore up its capital base.

(2) Lloyds Bank

This one grew massively after the financial crisis and swallowed up several other banks, leading to calls that the bank that was very stable had made itself a little too big too quickly and taken on the risky liabilities of some of the others.

(3) Halifax

This was formerly the largest building society before demutualising a long time ago now. It is now actually part of Lloyds, but as mentioned at the top there has been a lot of consolidation and so until it changes its name it deserves a separate mention.

(4) Natwest

Part of RBS, this is another well known bank in the UK although perhaps slightly less well known than some of the other names listed here.

(5) HSBC

This is the bank that seemed to sail through the financial crisis with the least impact. Having a truly international presence and being massive, perhaps it was uniquely placed to ride out the crisis.

(6) Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland was one of the banks that most notably suffered from the financial crisis, and apparently needed the capital injection from the government to shore it up. As some sort of result of that, it is having to sell various parts of its branch network etc to Santander.

(7) Santander

Santander is the name for what used to be Abbey National in the UK, which was bought by Santander several years ago and has fairly recently changed its name to Santander. Soon a lot of the RBS branch network will become Santander too.

(8) Northern Rock

This bank was the one that is most associated with the financial crisis, being the first that went into massive difficulties in the UK and the famous queues of people trying to withdraw their money; the first run on a bank in modern times.

(9) Alliance and Leicester

This is a smaller presence on the high street and used to be a building society too. It is now also part of the Santander group.

(10) Co-operative bank

This is a bank that runs along principled lines, with the emphasis on ethical banking and ethical investing.

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