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24 August 2011 | By: M@

London's Lost Pubs: A Photographic Guide

London's Lost Pubs: A Photographic Guide

As though fulfilling some latter-day punishment from the Olympian gods, Richard Bulch has visited almost 500 London pubs without touching a single drop of alcohol. His mission is to photograph every closed-down pub in the capital, a task that's seen him trek to all corners of town over the past decade.

His battery of bygone boozers can be viewed over on Flickr. Pubs close for a number of reasons, including the increased cost of drinking out and the rise of large chains. Many have been converted into shops, housing and restaurants, while others languish in dereliction. We've picked out a few highlights above, including a full rainbow of disused pubs and some architectural gems.

Do check out the full roll-call of defunct drinking dens, and suggest any that Richard might have missed.


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Should owners of pub to residential conversions be required to provide liquid refreshments to the public? When I walk past "The Albion" at the intersection of Malvern Road and Albion Drive (E8), I always get thirsty.

Tony Brooks

I remember refurbishing the Marquis back in the 80s - such a shame...


The smoking ban is the main cause of those closures. People have never gone to a pub for a cheap drink, but to socialise. The majority of regular drinkers are/were smokers so we must push for an exemption to the ban to stop further closures.


many of these pubs closed long before the smoking ban


You might want to choose a better picture given that The Salmon and Compass is very much alive and kicking, though now just called The Compass. http://thecompassn1.co.uk/ 

Tomás Seosamh Ó Ceallaigh

Wonderful selection of pictures. Always sad to see a closed-down pub.


Ewan's collection is even larger: http://www.flickr.com/photos/5...


How come most of thse pubs are in north/east london. maybe its to do with the people who have moved there and how the pubs were run. more to do with that than the smoking ban. a poor pub is a poor pub and deserves to be shut down!

Caroline Bottomley

New legislation - Assets of Community Value - allow local people to keep community buildings alive/resurrected. Has been successfuly applied to at least one pub so far.