Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Five Pubs a Week Shut Their Doors in Capital

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Five Pubs a Week Shut Their Doors in Capital

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Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK

LONDON pubs are closing at a rate of almost five a week, campaigners warn today.

Research by the Campaign for Real Ale shows that the capital lost 230 last year - a 53 per cent increase in the rate since the year before.

The group says the loss of historic watering holes is damaging the character of high streets across the capital.

The latest victim is West End landmark the Hog In The Pound.

The popular pub, in South Molton Street beside Bond Street Tube station and Oxford Street, has been sold to development company the Kenmore Property Group.

The firm says it is considering options with conversion into shops a possibility.

Development director Daniel Williams said today: "We believe the South Molton Street acquisition will benefit from the proposed regeneration of Oxford Street and the increasing demand for the high quality boutiques offered."

Just before Christmas, pub chain Mitchells and Butlers sold 20 West End properties to developers, including the Intrepid Fox in Wardour Street, the Red Lion in Great Windmill Street and the Polar Bear in Lisle Street. …

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