Thursday 24 November 2005 8.33pm
More London have been casting around for years for ideas as to what to do with them. At one point there was discussion with the Pool of London Partnership about it being used to house a sort of careers and job scheme. Because of the state of the buildings, they are likely to keep the facades, but gut the interiors and probably turn everything between the Antigallican and the St John's Tavern into a single building.
I'd be more worried about the Antigallican if I were you. More London's plans involved turning this into the usual anonymous All Bar One
kind of crap, instead of valuing the history behind the existing pub and its lovely mahogany bar. Everything on their site has to be shiny and new, you see, even if most people would appreciate a real traditional pub with some character (the Antigallican genuinely does get its name from the Anti-French societies which sprung up in London during the Napoleonic wars).
Which reminds me - the Tenants Association had a seat on the More London s.106 advisory board, which was usually a good place to find out what was in the pipeline. Is anyone from the reconstituted local residents group attending those meetings?