600 Year Old Music Venue Faces Closure
The George Tavern, a 600 year old music venue in Stepney, London is under threat from big property developers nearby. However the much-loved pub has found support from a host of stars who are hoping to prevent the closure.
Landlady Pauline Forster has helped to develop the venue’s name as one of the best live music places in East London. Now residential development on the adjoining space to the Tavern could lead to the pub losing its license.
A petition of 3000 names has been collected to try and prevent the development happening and includes signatures from Plan B, Jo Whiley, Ricky Wilson and Ian McKellan. It has been sent to planning developers Swan Housing, who have been allowed an extra month to acquire support for their appeal.
Forster has said “There is a very real risk that I will be forced to close The George Tavern as the development will have a very serious adverse impact on my income stream from both my bar and photographic/film location businesses. It is highly likely that I will lose my live music license, which will have an enormous detrimental impact on my bar business. It’s not just about The George Tavern, it’s about live music in London and keeping it alive”.
The historic venue has hosted concerts and events for the likes of Nick Cave, Plan B, John Cooper Clarke, Babyshambles and Sir Roger Penrose. The nightclub next door, Stepney’s, has hosted numerous parties over the years and was mentioned in the 1965 Rolling Stones hit ‘Play With Fire’.