On Saturday, I joined members of CAMRA for a tour of pubs around my constituency to highlight the community value of local pubs and the challenges they face. Bermondsey and Old Southwark has many historic pubs which have served as focal points for communities for decades (and in some cases centuries!) and it is vital that their importance is recognised.
The Glad (pictured) was the last pub we visited as part of the tour. It was put at risk by a developer seeking to turn it into flats last year but I was pleased to support the swift work by regulars, other local residents and the council to try and protect this asset. The pub is thriving and is a popular live music venue. I used to live behind the pub, and the night I moved in an excellent Doors tribute band played – an excellent welcome to the area!
However, we need to stay vigilant for the Glad as there is a continued threat to its future, with the lease approaching expiry. The tour began at the China Hall on Lower Road which is similarly at risk and locals are being urged to provide their testimonies as to why they value the asset.
I hope that people across the constituency will keep campaigning for their local pubs.
For more information about Saturday’s pub tour or to find out more about the many different pubs in the area, you can read London SE1’s article here. You can also find out more about CAMRA in south-east London and get involved in their campaigns here.