Santander has confirmed that 111 of its bank branches will permanently close in the UK, following an uptake of online banking.

The bank says that customer behaviour since the pandemic has changed, with more people online banking and with less demand for specific branches.

And the majority of the branches told to close are less than three miles from another branch.

Santander said branch transactions fell by 33 per in the two years before Covid-19 even struck, and transactions declined by a further 50 per cent in 2020.

With many banks shutting across the nation, branches in Rickmansworth, Harrow, Enfield, and Leytonstone are among those told to shut.

Here is a list of Santander branches shutting in Hertfordshire, north west London, east London and parts of Essex:


Rickmansworth 107-109 High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EG - 1 July 2021

Harpenden 31a High Street, Harpenden AL5 2RU - 22 July 2021

Hatfield 11 Town Centre, Hatfield AL10 0NY - 1 July 2021

Letchworth 12-14 Central Approach, Letchworth SG6 3DJ - 5 August 2021

North and north west London:

Pinner 27 Bridge Street, Pinner HA5 3JW - 8 July 2021

South Harrow 285-287 Northolt Road, Harrow HA2 8JS - 22 July 2021

Wembley Preston Road 223 Preston Road, Wembley HA9 8XD - 29 July 2021

Enfield Hertford Road 199 Hertford Road, Enfield EN3 5JH - 5 August 2021

Finchley High Road 760 High Road, Finchley N12 9QH - 24 June 2021

Mill Hill 45 The Broadway, Mill Hill NW7 3DJ - 15 July 2021

Southgate 6 Chase Side, Southgate N14 5NY - 22 July 2021

East London / Essex:

Chingford Old Church Road 35 Old Church Road, Chingford E4 6SJ - 1 July 2021

Leytonstone 662 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3BD - 12 August 2021

Adam Bishop, head of branches at Santander, said: “Branch usage by customers has fallen considerably over recent years so we have made the difficult decision to consolidate our presence in areas where we have multiple branches relatively close together.

“We will provide every support to customers of closing branches to find alternative ways to bank with us that best suit their individual needs.

“We are also working alongside our unions to support colleagues through these changes and to find alternative roles for those impacted wherever possible.

“We continue to believe that branches have an important role to play and we expect the size of our network to remain stable for the foreseeable future.”

The Communication Workers Union said it had reached a ground-breaking agreement with Santander on new ways of working which will preserve jobs and avoid compulsory redundancies that would otherwise have been “inevitable”.