Goodbye to The Glad? Borough’s Gladstone Arms closes

News Desk (10 November, 2016) Regeneration Business

Affectionately nicknamed The Glad, the pub was one of the few remaining boozers to host live music

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Borough’s famous Gladstone Arms in Lant Street closed for what may be the last time last week, after the pub lease expired.

Affectionately nicknamed The Glad, the pub was one of the few remaining boozers to host live music, and was the subject of a large pub crawl in August aimed at having it saved.

But after a last hurrah on Saturday October 29, with live music and dancing, the pub, which was made an Asset of Community Value, shut its doors.

Glad's last party

Glad’s last party

The pub crawl in August was started by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), local residents and Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle. The aim was to encourage people to go into their local pubs, to show support in the wake of multiple closures across the country.

It started off at The China Hall in Rotherhithe, where there are current efforts to have it recognised as an Asset of Community Value.

The 130-year-old Glad previously survived an attempt by its owner last year to have it demolished and turned into a ten-storey block of flats. It is currently unknown what will become of the pub.

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