Illegally Bulldozed Pub Rebuilt and is Due to Reopen Next Month

In 2015, the owners of the Carlton Tavern, a historic London pub, hired a team of bulldozers to demolish the building in order to put an apartment complex on the site, but they did it without permission. Triggered by public outrage, Westminster City Council ordered the owners to rebuild the tavern brick by brick and restore it as closely as possible to the way it was before the demolition (as shown above). The council's planning director John Walker said: "The council will not tolerate any flagrant disregard of the planning system." The owners had applied for a permit to build the residential units, but had been denied when the city council discovered that the tavern qualified for historic status. It was the only building left standing on that street after the area was bombed in World War II. The reopening is scheduled for April 12, the day that COVID-19 restrictions are due to be lifted in England to let pubs and restaurants serve drinks and meals.


Carlton Tavern after reconstruction