Thirsty? Nearly a quarter of Bromley's pubs have shut since 2001
PUBLISHED: 13:22 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:22 26 April 2017
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Neighbouring Croydon has suffered an even greater loss
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has vowed to protect London’s as the figure drops around the capital.
In Bromley, 30 pubs have shut since 2001, a drop of 23 per cent bringing the number of pubs down to 100 across the biggest borough in London.
Neighbouring Croydon has seen a drop of 45 per cent, second only to Newham where more than half of the borough’s pubs have disappeared.
Mr Khan said he was “shocked” at the rate of closures.
Geoff Strawbridge, the Campaign for Real Ale’s regional director for Greater London said: “Pubs play a vital part in many people’s lives, providing a place to meet and socialise and feel part of a community.
“Yet London pubs are under enormous threats, notably from increasing business rates, high alcohol duties and property speculation.”
The campaign is now working together with the mayor, as he pledged to join forces with Night Czar Amy Lamé, who is in charge of monitoring London’s nightlife.
Mr Khan said: “From traditional workingmen’s clubs to cutting-edge micro-breweries, London’s locals are as diverse and eclectic as the people who frequent them.
“We have partnered with Camra to ensure we can track the number of pubs open in the capital and redouble our efforts to stem the rate of closures.”
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