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 for pub details, and to ‘Submit Update’ when they find incomplete or out-of-date information.
|NEW & REOPENED PUBS & CLUBS CONVERTED TO REAL ALE|
E10, DRUM (Wetherspoon), 557-559 Lea Bridge Rd. Reopened as SPARK HOUSE by Laine selling one of their beers and a guest ale.
E15, QUEENS HEAD (Craft Union), 5 West Ham La. Now selling Sharp’s Doom Bar.
E17, SIGNATURE BREW BREWERS BAR, Unit 15, Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse La. Real ale reinstated.
E20, STRATFORD HOTEL, 20 International Way. Hotel, Bar & Brasserie adjacent to the DLR entrance of Stratford International Station. Three bars. Bottled beer from Redchurch brewery.
EC1, CAFE KICK, 43 Exmouth Market. Cafe with table football and showing live sport. Decorated with flags, Seating outside. Opened in 2005 but recently added Mahou as a draught beer. Bottles also available.
EC2, LALALAND, 17-19 Great Eastern St. Based on the old Dinerama site. A collection of street food vendors, bars and music. The venue also has a plunge pool, waterfalls and palm trees.
EC3, JEWRY, Centurion House, 37 Jewry St. Reopened.
N12, MALT & HOPS (Milegate), 891 High Rd. Reopened after many years of closure and now selling real ale. First offerings were St Austell Tribute and Whitstable Bay.
N16, MILDMAY CLUB & INSTITUTE, 34 Newington Green. Now trialling real ale. Usually a single cask on gravity from a Thursday evening.
N22, EARTH TAP, Blue House Yard, 5 River Park Rd. Reopened as LUDO’S. Beer list at beginning May shows keg beers and bottled beers from Lost & Grounded, Five Points and Jiddler’s Tipple, plus keg ciders.
NW5, CAPS & TAPS, 141 Fortess Rd. As well as being a bottle shop this establishment now has five keg taps for serving and drinking on the premises. The fridges stock over 300 different beers, plus varieties of ‘natural wine’ and cider. The up-to-date draught list can be found on their website.
SE5, CAMBRIA (Heineken), 40 Kemerton Rd. Having been closed for almost 3 years, the Cambria reopened in March as the first London outlet of the small Prospect Pubs & Bars chain established by the original founders of Redcomb Pubs (sold to Young’s in 2019). Substantial refurbishment included moving the bar back to create a larger drinking area and the addition of a rear garden room with retractable roof. The smart, spacious interior retains its wood panelling and flooring. At the rear is a spacious outdoor area complete with a mural by local Brixton Brewery. Three changing real ales.
SE9, M’ARKS SKY BAR, 168 Eltham High St. Opened on 11 April, the transformed empty shell above the Vue Cinema is a large venue capable of accommodating perhaps 300 seated and standing customers surrounded by upmarket furnishing. There is an outdoor balcony for views of the High Street and Shooters Hill. Draught beers are keg only. A range of small tacos and tapas is available.
SE10, BREW BY NUMBERS BREWERY TAPROOM (MORDEN WHARF), Southern Warehouse, Morden Wharf Rd. In late 2021 the main brewing operation relocated from Bermondsey to a far larger warehouse site overlooking the Thames at Greenwich. The taproom has spacious indoor and outdoor seating, the latter with fine riverside views, and offers around 10 beers on tap including a number of guest brews. The original Bermondsey site retains a taproom and pilot brewing kit.
SE11, BROWN DERBY (Stonegate), 336 Kennington Park Rd. Reopened and now DERBY.
SE18, SHOOTERS HILL GOLF CLUB, Lowood, Eaglesfield Rd. Sells the cask version of Greene King IPA.
SW11, ADDRESS, 35-37 Battersea Rise. Former Cote Restaurant reopened by Darwin & Wallace with usual selection of keg beers.
SW18, SPREAD EAGLE (Young’s), 71 Wandsworth High St. Reopened. Young’s Bitter; Special and St Austell Proper Job.
SW18, SCHOONER, 13 Barley Walk, Ram Quarter. Opened in 2021 in new build on the former Ram Brewery. Craft beer.
W1, 5TH VIEW (Waterstones), 203-206 Piccadilly. Reopened.
W1, COACH MAKERS ARMS (Cubitt House), 88 Marylebone La. Real ale reinstated with beers from Allsopp’s
W1, LONDON GIN CLUB (Inception), 22 Great Chapel St. Downstairs gin palace with some draught keg beers available from the Shepherd Neame stable.
W1, PERCY & FOUNDERS (Open House London), 1 Pearson Sq. This site reopened in early 2022, renamed ARBER GARDEN. Self-described as ‘A new public house, dining room & gin garden adjoining the stunning Fitzrovia Chapel. A pub inspired by the legendary botanist and philosopher Agnes Arber.’ Various draught (keg) beers are available. The operators also run the LIGHTERMAN at King’s Cross and the BROADCASTER in Shepherds Bush.
W2, BAR & BLOCK (Whitbread), North Wharf Rd. This venue follows the established Bar & Block format, essentially a spacious modern steakhouse incorporating a well-equipped bar with dedicated drinking tables and stools. Guinness and a selection of keg beers are available (Prahva, Madri, Brewdog IPA, St Miguel, Peroni and Camden Hells), plus Aspall cider.
W2, POMONA’S (Stonegate), 47 Hereford Rd. Reopened after lockdown in March 2022 with original name PRINCESS ROYAL. Refurbishment during the prior closure included some restoration of original features, including the exposure of the pub name mosaic in the entrance porch. The present incarnation, as part of the small Cubitt House chain of London pubs, is very much food, wine and cocktail focused, but with a range of keg beers and up to four real ales. Allsopp’s; Fuller’s London Pride; Hook Norton Hooky and Timothy Taylor Landlord.
W4, FULLERS BREWERY SHOP (Asahi), Chiswick La. Has been operating for many years. Regularly sells Dark Star Hophead; Fuller’s ESB and London Pride and two other beers. The Fuller’s brewery shop includes an experimental pilot brewery and a ‘Growler Bar’ where you can sample some of Fuller’s cask beers and/or fill-up a growler to take home.
W5, TEATRO HALL (St George/Albion & East), 61 New Broadway. Part of the Albion & East ‘Hall’ chain (Allora, Martello, Sarata and Canova), containing a full production urban distillery, tasting room and bottle shop. Opened in the Filmworks site opposite Ealing Town Hall in April 2022. Along with a house lager, they have ‘five draught beers which change all the time, working with local breweries and suppliers’. They are not listed anywhere so you have to ask the bartender what they have on!
W12, CONINGHAM ARMS (Stonegate), 191 Uxbridge Rd. Real ale reinstated: Sharp’s Doom Bar.
BECKENHAM, SLUG & LETTUCE (Stonegate), 150-156 High St. Now owned by RedCat and renamed the MANOR HOUSE following refurbishment. Up to three real ales available.
BROMLEY, CROWN HOTEL (Punch), 46 Plaistow La. Renamed CROWN IN SUNDRIDGE and real ale reinstated: initially Sharp’s Doom Bar and Timothy Taylor Landlord.
BROMLEY, BROOMFIELDS , Bromley Arena, Hayes La. This new bar, located within the Glyn Beverly Stand at Bromley Arena in Hayes Lane, opened for the first time on 2 April. Two cask ales were available on opening day.
FELTHAM, AIRMAN (Stonegate), Hanworth Rd. Reopened with no real ale, lease still on the market.
SIDCUP, BLACK BOY (Heineken/Town Centre Inns), Southspring. Real ale returns in the form of a changing beer such as Sharp’s Atlantic.
WEMBLEY, FLEADH, 278 Preston Rd. Finally reopened two years after lockdown.
|PUBS & CLUBS CLOSED, CONVERTED, OR CEASED SELLING REAL ALE|
E1, GUN (Heineken/East London Pub Co). No longer sells real ale.
E1, THOMAS NEALE. Closed since May 2021 due to works.
E8, HAND OF GLORY (JaguarShoes Collective). No longer sells real ale.
E14, PAGINATION. Closed – due to reopen as a London Cocktail Club.
EC1, BLEEDING HEART TAVERN. Closed for refurbishment.
EC3, DIRTY MARTINI (Minories). Closed.
EC3, MISSOURI ANGEL (Searchgrade). No longer sells real ale.
EC4, FINE LINE (Fuller’s), 1 Bow Churchyard. Renamed SAINT. No longer sells real ale.
EC4, SAINT (Fuller’s), Paternoster Sq. Closed and now a building site.
EC4, WHITE HAUS (Stonegate) No longer sells real ale.
N1, REGENT (LHR Pubs). No longer sells real ale.
N1, THORNHILL ARMS (Heineken). No longer sells real ale.
N1, THREE JOHNS (Urban Pubs & Bars). No longer sells real ale.
N4, PARK TAVERN. No longer sells real ale.
N18, BEERBLEFISH TAKEAWAY. Now closed, having moved to Walthamstow.
NW1, EUSTON TAP (Bloomsbury Leisure Group), West & East Lodges, 190 Euston Rd. The Cider Tap in the East Lodge has now reopened – Tuesdays to Saturdays – good news for trad cider drinkers.
NW1, JOES. Closed, future uncertain.
SE1, BRITANNIA (Only Pub Company London). No longer sells real ale.
SE5, OLD DISPENSARY (Weiser Bars). No longer sells real ale.
SE7, ROYAL OAK (Heineken). No longer sells real ale.
SE9, WHITE HART (Stonegate). No longer sells real ale.
SE10, VANBRUGH (Hamna Wakaf) Closed in March after 18 years of current licensee’s tenure. Seeking new lessee.
SE12, OLD TIGERS HEAD (Heineken UK/Caskaway Taverns). No longer sells real ale.
SE19, WALKER BRIGGS (Portobello Pubs). No real ale. Handpumps removed.
SE20, ALEXANDRA. No longer sells real ale.
SE20, BRIDGE HOUSE (Heineken). No real ale.
SE23, HONOR OAK (Heineken UK/Laine). Another Laine pub ceases to sell real ale.
SW2, CROWN & SCEPTRE Closed on 22 May; lease terminated. Landmark site under threat of development. Future uncertain.
SW6, OYSTER ROOMS (Wetherspoon). Closed; planning already granted to convert to restaurant.
SW11, CROWN (PubLove). No longer sells real ale.
SW11, LOST & CO (South West Bars). Renamed LOST SOCIETY. With no beer on draught at all it no longer qualifies as a pub.
SW11, PLOUGH (Young’s). Sadly, the handpumps are now unused.
SW16, VALE (Heineken). Closed in March after licence was suspended following violence. Future uncertain.
SW17, GRAVENEY & MEADOW. No longer sells real ale.
SW19, O’NEILL’S (M&B). Closed Autumn 2021. Change of use to restaurant application submitted March 2022.
WC1, BOUNTIFUL COW. Currently not serving real ale.
WC2, BEER HOUSE (SSP), Charing Cross Station. Reported closed. Future uncertain.
W1, TWO FLOORS (Shaftesbury/Barworks). Closed for major building works by Shaftesbury Estate.
W2, SUSSEX ARM. No longer sells real ale, handpumps removed.
W4, MOOT BAR (JLK Bars). Not reopened since lockdown.
W4, UNION BAR (The Union). No longer sells real ale.
W6, DUKE OF HAMMERSMITH (BrewDog). No longer sells real ale.
W10, ARIADNES NECTAR. Closed.
BARKING, BARKING DOG (Wetherspoon). Closed in March for a period of around 2 years, while the existing premises in Trocoll House is rebuilt and extended. The development is planned to provide 198 new homes, including a 28 storey tower.
BECKENHAM, BR3WERY. No longer sells real ale.
BECKENHAM, WHITE HORSE (M&B). No real ale and handpumps removed.
BEXLEYHEATH, JOLLY MILLERS (Brakspear Pub Co). No longer sells real ale.
BROMLEY, WHITE HORSE. No longer sells real ale.
BROMLEY COMMON, CHATTERTON ARMS (Craft Union). No longer sells real ale.
COULSDON, JACK & JILL. No longer sells real ale.
CROYDON, BULLS HEAD. No longer sells real ale.
CROYDON, SKYLARK (Wetherspoon) Closed on 27 March. Future uncertain.
HAM, HAND & FLOWER. Closed, repossessed by landlord.
HARROW, O’NEILL’S (M&B). Closed March 2022. Future uncertain.
KINGSTON, GAZEBO (Samuel Smith). Closed, new management team apparently being sought.
NORWOOD GREEN, LAMB. Closed. Future uncertain.
ROMFORD, WHEATSHEAF. No longer sells real ale.
SIDCUP, CHARCOAL. Closed after serious fire damage in May 2020. Future uncertain.
WOODFORD BRIDGE, LA SALA. Converted to a restaurant.
E1W, PROSPECT OF WHITBY (Greene King). No longer Locale accredited.
E8, FIVE POINTS BREWERY TAPROOM (Five Points). LocAle accredited for Five Points beers.
E11, WALNUT TREE (Wetherspoon). No longer LocAle accredited.
E17, BEERBLEFISH BREWING TAPROOM. LocAle accredited for Beerblefish beers.
EC1, CRAFT BEER CO. No longer Locale accredited.
EC1, EXMOUTH ARMS (Urban Pubs & Bars). No longer Locale accredited.
EC3, HOOP & GRAPES (M&B). No longer Locale accredited.
EC3, LIBERTY BOUNDS (Wetherspoon). No longer Locale accredited.
EC4, SIR JOHN HAWKSHAW (Wetherspoon). No longer Locale accredited.
N1, KNOWHERE SPECIAL. Renamed again NO SUCH PLACE.
N1, UPPER HOUSE (Heineken). Renamed JACKS BAR
N6, BULL (Gorgeous Pubs). Acquired by Metropolitan Pub Co, a sub-brand of Greene King. Future of brewery unclear.
N13, WISHING WELL (Stonegate). Converted to Craft Union format, no real ale.
N20, GRIFFIN (Heineken/Laine). Now independent, no longer operated by Laine. Offering two regular ales: Sharp’s Doom Bar and Courage Best, plus one guest, often Landlord or Tribute.
NW3, SPANIARDS (M&B). No longer Locale accredited.
NW6, ALLIANCE. Taken over by same operators as the CLIFTON NW8. Brakspear Gravity; Purity Pure Gold and Sharp’s Doom Bar available on reopening.
SE18, EARL OF CHATHAM (Stonegate). Converted to Craft Union format.
SE25, PORTLAND ARMS (City Glen Pub Co). Now has LocAle status for unspecified breweries.
SW3, BUILDERS ARMS (Stonegate). This venue is now part of the small Cubitt House chain.
SW14, PLOUGH (Fullers). Closed since November 2021 following end of tenancy. Being converted to managed. Should reopen shortly.
SW19, HORSE & GROOM (Craft Union). Awarded LocAle status for the Wimbledon beer.
W3, WISHING WELL (Craft Union), 61 Old Oak Common La. Renamed MORTON ARMS after Acton sporting legend Geoff Morton.
CARSHALTON, CRYER ARTS CENTRE. Now has LocAle status for Surrey Hills beers.
CHEAM, OLDE RED LION (Stonegate). Now has LocAle status for unspecified breweries.
HAMPTON WICK, FORESTERS ARMS (Heineken). No longer sells Park beers and has adopted Sharp’s Doom Bar as their regular beer, with varying beers from Twickenham and Surrey Hills.
HIGH BARNET, OLDE MITRE INNE (Greene King). Converted to managed. Now more focused on Greene King beers.
NORTHWOOD, MISTY MOON (Quillrise). Renamed THREE WISHES.