The George And Dragon in East London has pulled its last pint.
According to the landlords of the George and Dragon in East London “dramatically increased” rents have forced the closure of the gay pub which opened in 2002. The pub is just one of many venues that have closed in London in 2015. In findings by THEGAYUK over 90 LGBT venues in London have closed since 2000. The last date of the George And Dragon’s lease is the 1st December.
A Facebook post released in August stated the owners were looking for another venue to reopen the bar, they said,
“We will be looking for a new opportunity and hope very much that some of our dear G&D fans will be able to join us on this new journey soon.
“We’ll try to be as open as we can throughout this process as we’d love as friends as possible to join us for a drink as we begin to bid farewell to our beloved old pub.”
Taking to Facebook once again the owners said,
“It’s almost 13 years since we opened our doors and from pretty much that night we have been blown away with the amazing response and all the amazing things which have their origins inside Number 2 Hackney Road, a former Victorian boozer, squatted and turned into a shoe shop which we reboozerified back in 2002.
“We are due to surrender our lease on Tuesday 1 December and a new owner will sign a new lease at the same time. We wish them every success. They inherit good times, good memories and a whole lotta love. We move to a new venue as soon as possible, hopefully within the week. The jungle drums are beating and from what we hear they’ve got it bang on.
“Today we open at 4pm and hope as many of you as possible can pass by and raise a glass, maybe even last the whole 8 hours. Music comes from Princess Julia, Richard Mortimer, Wayne Shires, Charles Jeffrey and The Lovely Jonjo.
“Tomorrow night we’ll be putting the last things in boxes and draining the brandy bottle – so if you can’t make today or prefer a more somber occasion there’s your chance.
“From the bottom of our hearts and written in the sky: Thank You