Four major financial sector institutions have their head offices in the Ward of Cordwainer.

Aberdeen Asset Management, in Bow Churchyard

Bank of Ireland (UK business), in Bow Bells House

Aviva Investors Global Services in No 1 Poultry

Euroclear UK and Ireland, the settlement house for UK securities and Irish equities, in Cannon Street.

HSBC has its City Corporate Banking Centre in Queen Victoria Street.

Bloombergs will shortly be making its home in the Ward, having acquired the old Bucklesbury House/Temple Gardens site for its European headquarters.

There are a number of other specialist financial firms and UK branches of major international financial institutions including T Rowe Price, Landsbank Berlin, Ghana International Bank, Chiba Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, China Trust Commercial Bank, Landis Bank, Burdale (part of Wells Fargo Capital Finance), Berliner Bank, Burlington Associates, City & Continental Securities, Spire Europe, Endesia Asset Management, Ascourt Rowan, East Lodge capital Partners, Sherwan Hongyuan Securities, Maybank Kim-Eng Securities, Cabot Credit Management and Queen Street Finance. South Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service also has its London office in the Ward.

Property firms represented include Gerald Eve, Stanley Hicks & Sons, Hexell Wylie, Hamptons International and James Andrew International.

Lawyers in the Ward include Banks Kelly, Doyle Clayton, Starr Legal and Werenowski.

Other professional service firms include Accenture and the Brattle Group(Consultancy), Peter Newhouse & Co (HR consultancy), MB Associates and Knox Cropper (accountants), BMSL (employment services) and Indo-Fuji Europe, Avanade and BJSS (IT services).

Food and Drink

The Ward includes the full range of restaurants, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

On the top of No 1 Poultry is the Coq D’Argent. Chez Gerard and Kuruyama, a Japanese restaurant, are in Watling Street. Bow Lane includes the historic venues of Ye Olde Watling, Williamson’s Tavern and the Bow Wine Vaults. Taberna Etrusca is in Bow Churchyard. The famous Sweetings fish restaurant is in Queen Victoria Street. Bread Street has two new restaurants – Ping Pong and Burger and Lobster. The One New Change shopping centre, just outside the Ward, includes Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen and Jamie Oliver’s Berbecoa.
There are numerous pubs, wine bars, sandwich bars and coffee shops throughout the Ward.

Retail

Cheapside is in the process of becoming a major retail centre. All the new developments include retail facilities at street level, and the huge One New Change centre is just across Bread Street. The new Walbrook Square development will include major retail facilities. Bow Lane and Watling Street are home to a wide range of small businesses offering a fine service and an attractive shopping environment. Specialist retailers include Cards Galore, Graham Browne (traditional tailor), Beauty Essence and Porterford Butchers. Service providers include hairdressers, opticians, dentists and a shoe repairer.