Barclays bank HSBC HBOS Royal Bank of Scotland Lloyds TSB Standard Chartered
Barclays HSBC HBOS Royal Bank of Scotland Lloyds TSB Standard Chartered

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  • Bank of England – The central bank of the United Kingdom. The Bank was established in 1694, nationalised in 1946, and gained independence in 1997.
  • Bank of Scotland – A commercial bank based in Edinburgh. In 2001, it merged with the Halifax to form HBOS plc. Since 2009, the Bank of Scotland has formed a key part of the Lloyds Banking Group, following the acquisition of HBOS by Lloyds TSB Group.
  • Barclays – A global financial services group with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. It operates in 50 countries and serves over 50 million clients worldwide. Barclays is the second largest bank in the UK in terms of assets (£1.366 trillion, September 2014).
  • Bristol & West – A division of Bank of Ireland. It is a former commercial bank in the United Kingdom. The bank's main business was mortgage lending, although in 2009 its business was transferred to Bank of Ireland and the company became a shell company.
  • Citibank UK
  • Clydesdale Bank – One of the largest banks in Scotland with over £36 billion in total assets. Clydesdale operates as a subsidiary of National Australia Bank.
  • Co-operative Banking Group – A banking and insurance company headquartered in Manchester, UK. It has following subsidiaries: Co-operative Bank, Co-operative Insurance and Co-operative Investments.
  • Duncan Lawrie – A small private bank with headquarters in Belgravia, London. It operates as a subsidiary of Camellia Group, an international holding company.
  • Egg Banking plc – The leading UK internet bank. It currently operates as a subsidiary of Yorkshire Building Society. The company was established in 1998.
  • Halifax is a trading name of HBOS, itself a subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group. In the United Kingdom, the Halifax is used as brand for Bank of Scotland branches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and for savings and mortgages in Scotland.
  • HBOS plc – A UK-based banking and insurance company and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lloyds Banking Group.
  • HSBC Holdings – One of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world with offices in 74 countries. The Bank serves about 60 million customers worldwide. HSBC is the largest bank in UK by assets ($2.73 trillion, September 2014) and market cap ($194 billion as of November 5, 2014).
  • Lloyds Banking Group is the fourth largest banking group in the UK, formed through the acquisition of HBOS by Lloyds TSB in 2009. As of March 31, 2014, the company had £842.410 billion in total assets.
  • Man Group – A leading alternative investment management business. It provides investment management services to private investors, institutions and financial professionals worldwide. The company has approx. US$55.0 billion in assets under management (3/2014).
  • NatWest (National Westminster Bank) – One of the largest retail and commercial bank in the UK serving about 8 million personal customers. As at December 31, 2013, it had assets of £353.5 billion. National Westminster Bank operates as a subsidiary of The Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
  • Nationwide Building Society – The largest mutual building society in the world and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. As of September 2013, the prime mortgage lending portfolio was approximately £116.0 billion.
  • Reliance Bank was established in 1890 and is owned by The Salvation Army. It provides current and savings accounts, credit cards, personal loans, internet banking, mortgages, insurance, and investment services.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS Group) – The third largest banking group in the United Kingdom in terms of total assets. It controls Royal Bank of Scotland plc, National Westminster Bank, and Ulster Bank in Ireland. RBS serves over 24 million customers in the UK, Europe, the Americas and Asia.
  • Sainsbury's Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of J Sainsbury, one of the UK’s largest retailers with over 1,200 supermarkets and convenience stores.
  • Schroders – A British asset management company established in 1804. It manages US$447.0 billion (3/2014) on behalf of institutional and retail investors, financial institutions and high net worth clients worldwide.
  • Scotiabank, UK through its subsidiary Scotiabank Europe plc provides a wide array of business, corporate and investment banking services as well as precious metals products and services through ScotiaMocatta.
  • Smile ( – A British internet bank and part of The Co-operative Bank. It was UK's first full internet bank in 1999.
  • Santander UK – One of the largest financial services providers in the United Kingdom. It is the second largest residential mortgage lender and a top three savings brand.
  • Standard Chartered Bank – The world's leading emerging markets bank with a strong presence in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. It employs over 85,000 people in over 1,700 offices in 70 countries.
  • Standard Life – A leading long term savings and investments company. Standard Life’s business includes one of the largest life and pensions businesses in the UK with over 4.5 million customers.
  • Tesco Bank – A telephone and internet bank owned by Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket and one of the world's largest retailers with operations in 14 countries.
  • Virgin Money is a UK-based retail bank primarily focused on providing residential mortgages, savings and credit cards. The company has total assets of over £24 billion.
  • Yorkshire Bank – A commercial bank in England founded in 1859 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. It operates as a subsidiary of National Australia Bank Group.

See also: Arab Banks in London

Top Banks in UK by total assets

Rank Bank 2013 2012 2011 2010
1 HSBC Holdings (US$b) 2,671 2,693 2,556 2,455
2 Barclays (£b) 1,346 1,488 1,562 1,490
3 Royal Bank of Scotland Group (£b) 1,028 1,312 1,507 1,454
4 Lloyds Banking Group (£b) 847.030 934.221 980.248 992.438
5 Standard Chartered (US$b) 674.380 631.208 599.070 516.542
6 NatWest 1 (£b) 353.460 380.737 367.552 366.532
7 Santander UK 2 (£b) 270.305 293.044 297.574 302.860
8 Nationwide (£b) 190.718 196.129 188.953 191.397
9 Standard Life (£b) 184.605 174.100 160.123 154.116
10 The Co-operative Bank (£b) 43.396 49.773 48.956 48.815
11 Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank 3 (£b) 38.100 45.600 48.763 44.174
12 Virgin Money Group 4 (£b) 24.569 21.831  - -
(1) - NatWest (National Westminster Bank) is a subsidiary of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.
(2) - Santander UK includes Abbey National, Bradford & Bingley, Alliance & Leicester, Cater Allen, Cahoot.
(3) - Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank are subsidiaries of the National Australia Bank (NAB).
(4) - Virgin Money Holdings (UK) acquired Northern Rock plc in 2012.