In 1973, a pint of beer in a London pub cost, on average, 15 pence. Based on inflation, today’s price should be somewhere around £1.58. Yet as any thirsty Londoner will tell you, in reality you’ll be lucky to wet your whistle for double that.
Rising taxes and duties on booze are undoubtedly one of the big reasons why London pubs are closing at a rate of 90 per year. And while the industry is by no means on its arse, it’s certainly undergone a big change in the last couple of decades. No longer are a bit of company and a regular quiz enough to entice punters in – you need a monthly vintage clothing sale, a ukulele night and nostalgia-pricking film screenings. And while some pubs have adapted well to the brave new face of boozing, others, well – see for yourself.
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Abbey Arms, Plaistow, late nineteenth century
Boleyn Tavern, Upton Park, early twentieth century
Galloway Arms, Limehouse, 1981
Grapes, Limehouse, 1975
Hand and Flower, Bow, 1970
Spotted Dog, West Ham, early twentieth century
White Hart, Whitechapel, 1960
More then and now galleries
The Taproom at London Fields Brewery
A light and airy (thanks to those floor to ceiling windows out front) bar and restaurant within London Fields Brewery, with warm, earthy tones echoed through the wooden furniture and flooring. Here visitors can sit down for a pint or a bite to eat, or both, as The Taproom offers a 'beer and food pairing tour'. Otherwise the menu features pub classics with a twist fitting for east London, including halloumi beetroot burger, a German sharing platter with schnitzel and beer-cheese dumplings, and aubergine chips. Drinks wise you can, of course, get LFB beers (brewed on site), as well as a selection of Berlin bevvies (Fritz-kola anyone?), organic wines, ciders, cocktails and soft drinks.
Venue says: “One2 Festival – a multi disciplinary arts festival – here May 11-24. Exhibition open daily in The Taproom.”