Plastic Fantastic-the new £5


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Hello and hi. Today we will see the new £5 note make its debut. Mind you I have not seen it as of yet, but I sure have heard plenty about it. And for those of you who are deeply interested, £5 is equivalent to $6.63 USD. Don’t let anyone tell you that £5 or a ‘fivver’ can’t get you much in London Town, because they are dead wrong. In this age of austerity and financial rectitude, one is able to make a fivver go along way. Trust me on this one. For example:

  • Lunch at Boots -a meal deal at Boots will get you a sandwich/salad, crisps and a drink
  • NOTHING at Starbucks
  • 5 coffee’s at Pret A Manger. The filter coffee is 99pence and pretty good. You should try it. I have.
  • There is a website here called: They sell clothes. Best to only wear them once. And I would NOT put them in the washing machine. Throw them away instead. Just sayin’
  • Fresh cut flowers at the market
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables at the market…they sell loads. Even exotic fruits like mangoes and apples.

So with that being said, now you know how to spend your ‘fivver’ or ‘5 squid’ in London Town. But today is a very special day. It is bloody hot today and the hottest September day since 1949.  But that is not why it is special. It is special because the new PLASTIC five pound note is being made available. The old paper ones will be gradually phased out and will not be valid after 5 May 2017.

The new plastic/polymer note will have our Winston Churchill on it. And let it be known that Scotland has been using plastic money on a limited basis since March 2015-while Northern Ireland has been doing so since 1999. Further, the governor of The Bank of England (who is Canadian) Mark Carney indicated that the new note would be cleaner, stronger and safer and much harder to counterfeit. Erm…if you are counterfeiting 5 pound notes I feel rather sorry for you. I mean, duh….why not counterfeit the £50 note? Dream big I say. Please know that was not an invitation nor a challenge. Just a comment.

Anyway, the £10 and £20 plastic/polymer notes will soon follow. In addition, they will be easier for the blind and the partially sighted to see as they will have a series of raised bumps on the note. The £5 will be distinguished by the absence of the feature of the raised bumps.

Happy spending. Don’t spend all your £5 in one place!






  1. Ld · September 13, 2016

    Also a black cab from Bromley South to Marlborough Rd costs 5 quid.

  2. Laura (PA Pict) · September 13, 2016

    I expect they counterfeit the 5s because they undergo much less scrutiny than higher denominations. I think that’s why 20s were often faked – because everyone inspects a 50 or a 100. I didn’t know England had not issued the plastic notes before. Scotland had them before I left the UK.

    • Laura (PA Pict) · September 13, 2016

      Actually no. I think I saw them when I visited the UK in summer 2015. My bad.

      • samdfb1 · September 13, 2016

        Ahh. Ok. No probs.

    • samdfb1 · September 13, 2016

      You are probably right about the 5 pound note. Also- I rarely see a 50 pound note. They dont see many of them at the pound store either. Lol. Man-Scotland is way ahead of us! Respect. 😉

  3. quiall · September 13, 2016

    We have been using plastic cash for a while in Canada. Quite pretty actually.

    • samdfb1 · September 13, 2016

      Oh really-I didn’t know that. Cool. Also-American notes are quite bland in my opinion.

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