WhatPub Update 36

WhatPub? Update publishes news items collated by Greater London branches, often from information supplied through the ‘Submit Update’ button on WhatPub.  We aim to report all openings and closures of places that satisfy the CAMRA definition of a pub (including those selling draught but not real ale); all pubs that add or remove real ale; and changes of name, ownership or beer policy.  Readers are encouraged to visit WhatPub? for pub details, and to ‘Submit Update’ when they find incomplete or out-of-date information.



EC1, NUALA, 70-74 City Rd. Reopened as DAFFODIL MULLIGAN by new operator Richard Corrigan. Still keg only.

EC1, WHITE BEAR, 57 St John St. Reopened by new operator Barworks and currently in soft launch phase.

EC4, SEA HORSE (Ei Group), 64 Queen Victoria St. Redecorated and reopened. Recent real ales were Purity Pure Gold, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter.

E2, 640 EAST, Railway Arches, 157-162 Malcolm Pl. Opened April 2019 in former ‘Bubbles Car Wash’. Rotating craft beers.

E2, ANGEL & CROWN, 170 Roman Rd. Refurbished and reopened by December 2019, aiming to be a community pub. Regular beer is currently Timothy Taylor Landlord.

E9, MULLER & BRIGGS, 130 Cadogan Terr. Reopened as a branch of the ITALIAN JOB late in 2019 showcasing ‘the best of Italian breweries alongside local London gems’. Keg only.

E14, 640 EAST, Montgomery Sq (in the middle), Upper Bank St. First of a small but growing chain of coffee shops and bars. It consists of two upcycled shipping containers with seating in between. The coffee is on one side, the bar the other. 5 keg beers plus bottles and cans.

E17, EXALE BREWING TAPROOM, Unit 2C, Uplands Business Pk, 11B Blackhorse Rd. Exale brewing has teamed up with Victory London Distillery to expand into a new site and found a permanent taproom.

N1, BREWDOG ANGEL (BrewDog), 29-31 Essex Rd. Reopened and renamed ESSEX HOUSE as an independent bar with 15 keg taps.

N14, WISHING WELL (Ei Group), 110-112 Chase Side. Reopened after a decade as a restaurant, now a Craft Union managed pub called the KINGS GATE. A sports oriented pub with numerous TV screens, pool table and darts board. No real ale.

N16, HAUNT (Counterculture Bars), 182 Stoke Newington Rd. Reopened and renamed POSTER, ‘bringing a carefully selected curation of food, drinks and art, creating a new kind of bar experience’. Moved to new location from 460 Hackney Rd.

N17, OLIVE BRANCH, 167-169 Park La. Reported closed but actually open when Tottenham are playing.

NW3, BELROSE, 94 Haverstock Hill. Reopened and renamed HAVERSTOCK TAVERN by new owners who also run Leeds Brewery. Fuller’s London Pride, Leeds Yorkshire Gold and a beer from Siren were spotted shortly after reopening.

SE9, ELTHAM WARREN GOLF CLUB, Bexley Rd. Two changing real ales from Bexley and Greene King.

SE10, BEER & BURGER STORE, O2, Entertainment Ave. A summer 2019 addition to the beer scene at the O2 with 20 keg taps in a venue also selling wines and spirits. The beer range (no cask ales) is regularly updated via Untappd. May close later during O2 events.

SE10, GUILDFORD ARMS, 55 Guildford Gro. Reopened. Frequent tap takeovers and interesting guest ales.

SE10, GREENWICH TOWN SOCIAL CLUB, 10 Blackwall La. A new social club opened in May replacing the original on this site. Keg beer range predominantly from Shepherd Neame.

SE10, HARVESTER (M&B/Harvester), O2, Entertainment Ave. Primarily a restaurant but one can visit for drinks only. Bottled and keg beers but no cask ales.

SE17, TAP IN (Six Yard Box), 2 Sayer St. Football bar and bottleshop in Elephant & Castle. Events, giant screens, over 300 beers incl 20 on draught.

SW1, DUKE OF YORK (Samuel Smith), 130-134 Victoria St. Replaced the previous pub of the same name on this site. Now with trademark dark wood and etched glass. Two handpumps offer OBB and occasionally another ale, plus the usual range of SS keg beers.

SW1, PAVLOVA’S (The Social Company), 126 Victoria St. An extension of the Victoria Palace Theatre, open all day to the public. A cocktail and gin bar with keg draught beer available.

SW6, MADDISONS (Ei Group), 474-476 Fulham Rd. Reverted to BROADWAY BAR & GRILL on reopening in November following several months’ closure.

WC1, 101, 101 New Oxford St. Following redevelopment reopened in 2019 as ARCADE with seven open kitchens and three bars. Three keg beers and a limited selection of bottled beers.

WC2, GREAT QUEEN STREET), 32 Great Queen St. Reopened in October 2019 over two floors as LOCKES after owner and ‘Be at One’ co-founder Steve Locke, this establishment opened. Six keg beers from Guinness, Whitewater and Gypsy Hill Beatnik all at £6 a pint.

W1, GEORGE & DRAGON, 151 Cleveland St. Reopened by operator Ad-hoc Pubco. Four handpumps offer three real ales and a cider, besides a range of keg beers. A screen displays the beer and price list.

W1, KRAFT BEER @ MERCATO METROPOLITANO (Mercato Metropolitano ), 13A North Audley St. A ground-floor beer bar in the spectacularly renovated and re-purposed Grade I listed St. Mark’s church in Mayfair. A Kraft micro-brewery will open in January 2020.

W1, MARKET HALL WEST END, 9 Holles St. Four bars, craft beers but no real ale.

W6, RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, 101 Queen Caroline St. Replaced the old Riverside Studios. Beers include a tank beer from Meantime but no real ale.

W9, REAL ALE (Real Ale Ltd), 4 Formosa St. Real ale is now available via KeyKeg including a house Moncada Formosa Pale.

W11, METROPOLITAN (Max Barney Pub Company), 60 Great Western Rd. Reopened at the end of November 2019 from the team behind the Good Mixer in Camden. No real ales, only keg beer

W12, PRAIRIE FIRE, 88-89 Railway Arches, Wood La. New American barbecue venue with taproom offering 16 keg beers.


BARKINGSIDE, CHEQUERS (Star), 2 High St. Reopened.

BRENTFORD, BREWERY TAP (Fuller’s), 47 Catherine Wheel Rd. Reopened in December  after a sympathetic refurbishment.

CARSHALTON, CRYER ARTS CENTRE, 39 High St. Formerly the Charles Cryer Theatre, the Cryer Arts Centre (‘Charlie’s Bar’) is now open. Harvey’s Sussex Bitter plus two other changing cask ales on handpump are supplemented by a bottled and LeyKeg range. The bar is usually closed on Mondays.

CARSHALTON, PALMERSTON (Ei Group), 31 Mill La. Reopened.

CROYDON, BULLS HEAD, 39 Laud St. Real ale reintroduced: Sharp’s Atlantic Pale or Doom Bar.

CROYDON, GOAT (Star), 1-3 Broom Rd. Reopened and renamed APPLE TREE by Whelan Inns in November 2019 after 2½ years’ closure. Regular beers Fuller’s London Pride and Sharp’s Doom Bar.

FARNBOROUGH, CHANGE OF HORSES (Ei Group), 87 High St. Closed for most of 2019 but reopened under new management in December. Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Tonbridge Traditional Ale always available with occasional seasonal ales.

FELTHAM, AIRMAN (Ei Group), 1 Hanworth Rd. Reopened in November serving Fuller’s London Pride.

GIDEA PARK, CHURCHILL HOUSE SOCIAL CLUB, 67 Main Rd. Regularly sells Greene King IPA.

HORNCHURCH, HOP INN MICROPUB, 122 North St. Havering and East London’s third micropub, converted from a skin clinic during autumn 2019 and opened on 21 December. Up to five cask ales are served direct from the cooled cabinets behind the bar, together with two KeyKeg beers, plus real ciders and perry. Comfortable seating at high and low tables.

HOUNSLOW, BEAVER, 51 Salisbury Rd. Partially reopened as HERITAGE KITCHEN & BAR after a decade of closure. The remainder was converted by freeholder Strawberry Express to a convenience store many years ago. Standard keg range available.

RICHMOND, WATERMANS ARMS (Young’s/Ram), 10-12 Water La. Reopened and renamed WATERMANS by operator Water Angel Ltd. Young’s Bitter and St Austell Tribute.

RUISLIP, CROCK OF GOLD, 153 High St. Renamed SMUGGLER’S COVE and Greene King IPA reinstated.

SUTTON, TIEMPO LOUNGE (Loungers), 73 High St. Opened in November 2019, Tiempo is one of a family of Lounges across the country. No real ale but otherwise a wide range of drinks.

UXBRIDGE, LOAD OF HAY (Wellington), 33 Villier St. Refurbished then reopened in November following a period of closure. Young’s Bitter and a guest.

WELLING, BOLTHOLE, 12 Falconwood Pde. A micropub in a shop parade, in the largely unpubbed Falconwood Green area, opened in November. Seating is at high tables, wall mounted benches and high stools. Real ales are dispensed by 2 handpumps with several more on gravity dispense from a chilled cellar room. Keg beers and a keg cider, wines and some spirits are also on sale. Card payments are accepted. A strict over 21s admission policy applies.



EC1, DRAFT HOUSE OLD STREET (BrewDog/Draft House). Converted to BREWDOG AF OLD STREET the AF standing for alcohol free – all beers served are sub 0.5%. No real ale.

EC1, SIMMONS (Simmons), 180 St John St. Closed and for lease since mid-2019.

EC2, AMBER (Novus). Closed March 2019, future unknown. Was Digress City.

E2, BETHNAL GREEN TAVERN (Mosaic Pub & Dining). Closed December, reason unknown.

E2, RESIDENT. Closed mid 2019; future uncertain.

E4, MO-BO’S. Closed, lease on the market.

E9, SPREAD EAGLE. No real ale.

E14, BRODIE’S (BAR & KITCHEN) (Kornicis). Closed in 2018, future uncertain.

E17, MIRTH, MARVEL & MAUD (Antic). Closed January for redevelopment of the site to start early.

N1, STAR OF KINGS (Electric Star). No real ale.

N3, KING OF PRUSSIA (M&B/Dan Fox). No real ale. Card payments only.

N8, WELLINGTON (Trust Inns). Closed last April and for lease.

N18, CROWN & ANCHOR (Ei/Craft Union). Real ale discontinued.

N22, N22 BAR. Originally Kings Arms, closed c.2017 and converted to café and coffee shop Autumn 2018.

NW8, LORD HIGH ADMIRAL (Ei/Craft Union). Real ale discontinued after poor sales.

NW10, WILLIAM IV (Wellington). Recently reinstated real ale no longer available.

SE1, SUCHARD. Rebranded as Kin + Deum Thai restaurant; does not appear to offer draught beer.

SE2, LAKESIDE BAR. Converted to arts centre, café and nursery.

SE6, PERRY HILL. Closed and lease for sale since July 2019.

SE7, CHARLTON LIBERAL CLUB. Closed at short notice in October 2018.

SE9, FALCON (M&B/Harvester). Real ale confirmed as removed, as with rest of chain.

SE9, ROYAL (Crown Estate/Ei Group). Reported closed.

SE14, ALE BAR (The Ale Bar Ltd). Closed. Companies House Gazette has published a notice of voluntary dissolution of The Ale Bar Ltd.

SE15, MONTAGUE ARMS (Appleglass Ltd). Closed, lease on the market.

SE16, QUEEN VICTORIA (Ei Group/Bermondsey Pub Co). Handpumps unused.

SE16, UBREW BREWERY TAP ROOM. Closed when brewery went under. Reported as now a noodle bar.

SE17, LONG WAVE. Closed for redevelopment, along with rest of Artworks project.

SE17, SIX YARD BOX. As above but have relocated to the TAP IN (see above).

SW9, SW9, 11 Dorrell Pl. Pub closed December but is due to be retained in new 96 bedroom hotel development.

SW10, RILEYS (Tavern Property Co/Market Taverns). Closed December, possibly for planned refurb.

SW10, WORLD’S END MARKET (Wellington). Website says restaurant is closed.

SW19, HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS (InterContinental Hotels Group). Hotel bar no longer open to non-residents.

WC2, LA CHANDELLE. Now licensed only as a restaurant.

W1, BALLS BROTHERS (MAYFAIR) (Novus). Understood to have closed mid-2019.

W1, NOIR (Ei Group). Renamed BURLOCK, a rum and cocktail bar offering no draught beer.

W2, ROYAL EXCHANGE (P & J Pubs). Reported closed in late 2019 due to death of lessee.

W5, EALING PARK TAVERN (ETM Group). Closed, future uncertain.


ALPERTON, BOAT (Star). Closed December; planning app submitted to redevelop site including replacement pub with manager’s accommodation.

BRENTFORD, O’RIORDANS TAVERN. Closed; planning app submitted to knock it down and replace with a three-storey block of flats

CARSHALTON, PORTERHOUSE STEAK BAR. Converted to Bombay Indian Restaurant in 2018.

CROYDON, CRICKETERS INN (M&B/Harvester). This chain no longer sells real ale.

CROYDON, IVY HOUSE SOCIAL CLUB. Closed and sold in 2018.

CROYDON, OBIA BAR & GRILL. Closed late 2018 and became a restaurant serving no alcohol in spring of 2019. Was Albert’s Table.

CROYDON, SOUTH BEATS. Closed in 2019 and was under offer but planning has been granted to convert upstairs into a separate flat requiring a new entrance.

HEATHROW AIRPORT, PILOTS (Rhubarb). T3 bar closed and converted to retail unit.

HORNCHURCH, QUEENS THEATRE (Q BAR). No longer selling real ale since the downstairs Greene Room/Pit Bar closed.

SOUTH HARROW, STAR (Punch). Boarded up Dec 2019; planning permission granted to demolish and replace with flats and new pub.




EC3, STERLING (Novus). Bar opposite the Gherkin now operated by Mosaic Pubs & Dining.


E8, STAGE 3 (Hackney Theatre). Now EMPIRE BAR.

N1, ALPHABET (Star). Now trades as FLIGHT CLUB (with uncovered Barclay Perkins & Co fascia), an operation who currently have three other locations across London. Keg beer only. Originally THREE WHEATSHEAVES.

N1, WINE STORES (Brill UK). Now just STORES with a keg wall of 10 beers (craft and mainstream).


N15, LORD PALMERSTON. Renamed PALM. Craft beer but real ale unconfirmed.


N16, RED HOUSE. Became FLYING FRENCHMAN, a wine bar with two keg beers currently from Bear Hug.

N19, PRINCE ALFRED (Ei Group). Renamed SMYTH ARMS. Real ale promised but unavailable at time of last visit.

SE1, BALLS BROTHERS (Novus). The Hays Galleria bar renamed ALEXANDER HAY by new owner Stonegate. Standard keg beers.

SE1, BRIDGE LOUNGE (Star). Renamed TWO BRIDGES. Two handpumps serve Doom Bar and a changing beer.


SE11, SHIP (Ei Group). Converted to Frontier Pubs managed partnership

SW1, LOOSE BOX (Moonshine Bars). Taken over by the Market Taverns Pub Company.

SW4, JAM TREE (City Pub Company). Renamed YARD after refurbishment. Still no real ale but a mixture of standard and craft keg beers available.

SW4, STANE STREET SYNDICATE (M&B/Castle). Reverted to O’NEILL’S. Real ale may still be available.

SW6, JAM TREE (Wellington/City Pub Company). Now LOST HOURS. A Sambrook’s ale has been available.

SW11, TARRAGON. Became ROOM 43 a few years ago.

W2, CADS, Norfolk Towers Hotel. Renamed ROBA. No real ale.

W2, CLEVELAND ARMS. Taken over by Market Taverns.

W13, ASHBYS (Trust Inns). Reverted to PRINCE ARTHUR. Still no real ale.


ENFIELD, INN ON THE PARK (Whitbread). Renamed INN ON THE PARK COOKHOUSE after a recent refurbishment as part of the Cookhouse & Pub brand. Adnams Ghost Ship, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Atlantic were on offer at November opening.

HEATHROW AIRPORT, V BAR (TRG). T5 bar renamed PILOTS BAR & KITCHEN and now operated by Rhubarb.

MORDEN, KNK STADIUM SPORTS BAR (Tooting & Mitcham Community Sports Club). Renamed CAMPUS SOCIETY STADIUM SPORTS BAR. Real ale guaranteed only for Tooting & Mitcham FC’s home fixtures but may still be available on the following days.