I've done some reasearch in hopes of being able to open a bank account in Canada for the Uk and discovered Scotiabank has a "global alliance" with many banks in Europe:
BNB, BNL for france and italy
Barclays Woolwich for Italy, UK, Spain
Deutsche Bank for Germany, Poland and Spain
You can use their ATMS without being charged. Does anyone else have experience using Scotiabank while traveling in Europe? Im hoping to live in the UK and just want to make sure that I wont get stuck without a bank or ABM to go to. I'd hate to rack up a ton in charges.