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London's Lost Pubs: A Photographic Guide

London's Lost Pubs: A Photographic Guide
The Salmon and Compass in Islington. Since this photo was taken, the pub has reopened as The Compass, showing that it's not all doom and gloom.
The Salmon and Compass in Islington. Since this photo was taken, the pub has reopened as The Compass, showing that it's not all doom and gloom.
Unknown pub in Poplar.
Unknown pub in Poplar.
The Queen Anne in Vauxhall.
The Queen Anne in Vauxhall.
Unknown pub on Clifden Road, Hackney.
Unknown pub on Clifden Road, Hackney.
The Prince of Wales in Tottenham.
The Prince of Wales in Tottenham.
The Ordell Arms in Bow.
The Ordell Arms in Bow.
Unknown pub in Rotherhithe.
Unknown pub in Rotherhithe.
The Marquis of Anglesey in Marylebone.
The Marquis of Anglesey in Marylebone.
Gothic gables in Bromley by Bow.
Gothic gables in Bromley by Bow.
Tudor turrets in Stratford.
Tudor turrets in Stratford.
A handsome little derelict in Stratford.
A handsome little derelict in Stratford.
Even modern pubs aren't immune from the malaise.
Even modern pubs aren't immune from the malaise.

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.

Last Updated 16 July 2015

Scout London

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...

chaswin

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.

popjoy

many of these pubs closed long before the smoking ban

Guest

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.

Kake

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

Bobbydazzler100

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.