Unique London Pub Under Threat From Developers

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Unique London Pub Under Threat From Developers
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Notable City of London pub Still & Star is under threat from developers.

An office block is planned for the site, meaning Still & Star's days may be numbered. As the pub isn't listed or in a conservation area, its future looks bleak.

Still & Star is thought to be unique within the City of London, as the last remaining example of a 'slum pub' — a 'licensed premises converted from a private house'.

Slightly dubious notice in the Still and Star, Aldgate. Photo by Matt Brown via the Londonist flickrpool

It's also unique because there are no other Still & Star pubs in London.

Current landlord Michael Cox told Spitalfields Life the name comes from when the pub had its own 'still' for brewing (think a larger version of your GCSE physics distilling apparatus) upstairs in the hayloft above the main pub.

The 'star' refers to the Star of David, a nod to the Jewish population of Aldgate during the 19th century.

The proposed office block. Developers are suggesting there could be a bar called The Still & Star within the new building.

Spitalfields Life's Gentle Author and the Victorian Society are holding an event next week to celebrate the Still & Star and talk about how to stop its demolition. Join them at Still & Star from 6.30pm on 16 August.

Meanwhile, you can make your opinions about the redevelopment known on the City of London planning website.

Last Updated 09 August 2016