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.