22 JULY 1989, Page 22

Soane squared

WHY did the Lord Mayor of London cross the road? To get to the Bank of England presenting it, this week, with the City Heritage Award for Sir John Soane's noble Stock Office, reconstructed for the Bank's new museum. In a corner you can once again buy the unique gold-wrapped ingots of chocolate (service interrupted, but now resumed). Repress, if you can, the feeling that you ought to be paying in chocolates and taking out money.