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Legendary East End boozer The George Tavern has been saved from closure, following years of wrangling.
The centuries-old public house is renowned for its live music, seeing gigs from the ilk of John Cooper Clarke, Anna Calvi and Nick Cave — as well as forming the backdrop for photo shoots for Grace Jones and Kate Moss.
But ever since developers threatened to build apartments nearby, the George has been threatened with losing its livelihood, due to enforced noise regulations.
Now, a Deed of Easement bill — the second ever to be granted to a UK venue — has been accepted by Tower Hamlets council, meaning that the George can continue to put on live music, and essentially keep its livelihood.
Read a post on the pub's Facebook page:
We're thrilled to announce that, after years of campaigning, 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐆𝐄𝐎𝐑𝐆𝐄 𝐓𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐍 𝐇𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐘 𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐃. Yesterday, the deed of easement proposal was accepted by Tower Hamlets Council, protecting our live music operation!!
Among the many people that the pub has thanked, are Ed Bayes, Culture at Risk Officer, Amy Lamé (London's night czar), Paul Broadhurst, and the Music Venue Trust.
A party will be thrown on 15 March. We reckon it'll be pretty banging.