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Photograph: Keep Pubs Pumping
Photograph: Keep Pubs Pumping

These designers are making merch to help save your fave London pubs

Fan of The Glory, The Blue Posts or The French House? Listen up!

Written by
Kate Lloyd

Are you missing your local? Us too. Unfortunately pubs are probably going to be some of the last places to come out of lockdown, so looks like none of us are going to be propping up a sticky bar anytime soon. :(

While this is definitely the safest call (given the whole apocalypse situation that’s going on right now) it’s leaving those venues who haven’t been able to access critical government funding in dire straits. 

This is one of the reasons why we’ve launched our Love Local campaign. It’s also what inspired four designers – Josh Taylor-Dadds, Louisa Saddington, Danny Philpot and Rebecca Bright – from agency VMLY&R London to start new project Keep Pubs Pumping.

The idea is to get illustrators to design merch for some of London’s most loved pubs, with all profits going to the venues. (There’s a 5 percent fee given to the illustrators.)

On the site you’ll find bespoke tees (£24) and totes (£16) made to celebrate the likes of The Dove on Broadway Market, The Star of Bethnal Green, The Glory in Haggerston, The Blue Posts in Soho, The Chesham Arms, The French House and more. 

The group adds that if you’re an illustrator interested in supporting your local pub or an independent pub owner looking for your own merch, you can get in touch at

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Time Out’s Love Local campaign is supporting local food, drink and culture businesses in London. Find out how you can help save the places that make our city great.

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