The number of pubs in London remained stable between 2017 and 2018 after falling by more than a quarter since 2001, new research by City Hall has shown.

The survey found 3,540 pubs in the capital in March 2018 – an increase of 10 pubs from 2017.

A total of 11 boroughs saw an increase in pubs, Including Brent, Bromley and Westminster, with numbers staying the same in nine boroughs, but falling in 13 boroughs.

CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer said: “We applaud the work that the Mayor’s Office has done to highlight the vital role pubs have to play in London and to call for more to be done at other levels of Government to work to prevent closures.

“We know that pubs across the UK, and especially in London, have been struggling with unfairly high increases in business rates bills, while a lot of pub tenants are also squeezed due to having to buy beer through their pub companies at high prices. This means that pubs have to raise their prices, which means that pub-going becomes increasingly unaffordable for the average person.

“Stability is absolutely what beer and pubs in London need right now, which is exactly what we will be telling the Chancellor when we next have a Budget. We look forward to working more with the Mayor’s Office in future to highlight the amazing economic and social value of the capital’s pubs.”

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said pubs are a key part of the capital’s heritage helping to unite Londoners and acting as a vital hub in the community.

“Sadly their numbers have been falling for decades, which is why I’ve been doing all I can to support the trade and turn this tide of closures. I’m encouraged by these results, but with pressure from rates, rent and development, it’s crucial that the Government and local authorities give them their full support too,” said Khan.

One London pub which has been bought back to life by its community is the Leytonstone Tavern.

The Tavern’s Hannah Wright said: “After being empty for four years, and saved at the last minute by a community asset order, we were anxious but incredibly proud to give the neighbourhood back its pub.

The area is close to our hearts, so seeing everyone pile through the doors on opening night was both reassuring and gratifying. For us, a pub is more than just a place where you serve drinks. It’s a sanctuary for the whole community, existing to help people create real human connections and feel a sense of worth. And it needs to serve its locals. That means putting on events for our Little Taverner’s, hosting weddings and all the way through to botanical workshops – as well as never forgetting the glorious, simple act of a good pint and chat with the bar staff.”

Pictured: The Hope Tavern Carshalton – London region’s current pub of the year, which is owned by a consortium of 46 customers.

Pub numbers in 2018 by borough and total change since 2017

 Pubs – 2018 Change 2017/18

Barking and Dagenham 20 0

Barnet 75 -5

Bexley 90 -5

Brent 75 5

Bromley 105 10

Camden 230 -5

City of London 160 0

Croydon 90 5

Ealing 95 0

Enfield 60 -5

Greenwich 75 0

Hackney 185 10

Hammersmith and Fulham 100 -5

Haringey 65 -5

Harrow 50 5

Havering 60 0

Hillingdon 85 0

Hounslow 75 -5

Islington 215 10

Kensington and Chelsea 110 -10

Kingston upon Thames 60 -5

Lambeth 145 5

Lewisham 90 20

Merton 45 0

Newham 45 -5

Redbridge 50 -5

Richmond upon Thames 115 -10

Southwark 175 0

Sutton 50 -5

Tower Hamlets 130 10

Waltham Forest 45 0

Wandsworth 135 5

Westminster 430 5

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