I know this is a couple of years old now but you might like to know that when the pub was rebuilt we moved into it. The licencee was my grandfather, Francis McCarthy. His family came from Peabody Buildings and we stayed in the pub until approx 1970. Next to the pub was not a hard standing but a bomb site where as children we played and built our bonfire for Nov 5th on! The Tyre place at the time was a garage which was owned by Stirling Moss and on the other corner was another bombsite where I assume there had been another pub as mentioned above. Hope the above is of some interest and help to somebody.
Hi I know I am very late to this thread but I spent today with my mum, Jacquie, nee Potter who lived with her mum Ivy and dad Stan over the grocer's shop they ran at 84 Union Street, which was on the corner with Guildford Street, I presume next to the Henry VIII pub which she only vaguely remembers. She still has very clear memories of the night of 19.6.1944 when her dad was killed by the V1, we believe in the pub with his friend, Edwin Hazel. The shop was totally destroyed. Ivy Potter set up another shop after the war with Ivy ?Hazell at 108 Great Guildford Street. It was very interesting to read to her the memories on this thread.