Do you want fries with that? Metrobank opens London's first drive thru bank

Madeline Ratcliffe
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You can get cash out but no burger or shakes at Metro Bank's Southall drive thru branch (Source: Metro Bank)

Metro Bank is bringing a little slice of American life to London, with its first drive-thru bank offering customers cash "from the comfort of their cars."

Customers will be able to pay in cash and cheques and withdraw funds at two drive thru windows, staffed by cashiers in a retail park in Southall.

The drive-thru branch will be open seven days a week from Friday, and customers will be offered popcorn – what else – as part of the opening celebrations.

The challenger bank, the first new high street bank in Britain for 100 years, was launched in 2010 by American businessman Vernon Hill and is reported to be gearing up for a floatation next year.

James Baughan, regional director at Metro Bank, said:

Metro Bank’s model is simple – we want to give customers unparalleled levels of service and convenience, whether that’s in store, online, by telephone or even from the seat of their car.

We’re thrilled to be bring a true banking alternative to the Southall community and look forward to welcoming both personal and business customers on our journey as we revolutionise UK banking.

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