I went along on Saturday night for the farewell do, very good it was too. Not so good for any cars trying to get down Lant Street.
I heard (2nd hand) that at least one of the pub landlords was happy to call it a day after 10 years of "chucking pints and pies at people" and get back to whatever else it was.
As for the future, rumour was saying it would remain a pub/restaurant but no more detail than that. There was a lot of chat about pubs closing (I notice the Goldsmiths on Southwark Bridge Road has shut up shop) so whoever takes over will probably need a decent "unique selling point" to drag in the punters.
I've always thought the area doesn't exploit the Dickens history enough Jan.
After yet another remove to 4 Gower Street North, Charles Dickens's father was arrested for debt on February 20 and consigned to the Marshalsea Prison, where the rest of the family except Charles joined him. While working at Warren's Blacking Factory at 3 Chandos Street, Hungerford Market, CD roomed with Mrs. Roylance in Little College Street, Camden Town, and afterward in a garret in Lant Street, Southwark. On 28 May John Dickens was released, and the family was reunited at 29 Johnson Street, Somers Town."
The Glad will just become another casualty of the Age of Regeneration. Instead of following The Ivy House in Peckham where the community runs it as an Asset of Community Value and a very sad statistic as we're losing so many pubs. Why is it not possible to change the use but not demolish and replace it with a 10-storey block? Why can't they be converted into residential buildings if they are no longer viable as public houses? We've lost so many beautiful public houses to blind planning: one in Dunton Road and some around Southwark Park Road.
Dog n Pot Charles Dickens should have a little Dickens coffee stall maybe to advertise it more along with the Dickens story Bio. What about a little Southbank museum for one of our greatest writers impresarios ever in UK. Shakespeare etc excepted. The gold paint helps to pick out the door anyway