Good bye, William IV

One of my local pubs, William IV has folded. I am sad because Hubbie and I visited the pub countless times with Mr.B, and the place being closed means yet another place we can reminisce about him has disappeared forever.

I saw a removal van being loaded up with furniture and fittings. They were gutting the place…

It is a mystery to us why the pub went south because the place was well liked by the locals and it was always reasonably busy, especially Friday nights when they offered DJ or live jazz performances. We often preferred William IV over another local pub, The Eagle, because they were quieter and cosier with a real roaring fireplace. However, the number of visitor petered out as the pub started to turn away people who wanted to dine as well as to drink, explaining they had a shortage of staff in their kitchen.

Even in the run-up to Christmas, when the premises should be busy with office parties and alike, I hardly saw anyone. ‘What is going on?’ Often, I walked up to the pub with Bella in tow, hoping if they were back in business again.

My hope was dashed…

A guy in a plush aviator jacket who appeared to be overseeing the removal looked very emotional and tired.

We will miss you, William IV. I hope the place will be reopened as a pub, not to be converted to flats or offices. Pubs are an important part of the British lifestyle, and especially in cities like London, they are like an extension of our living room!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

9 thoughts on “Good bye, William IV

  1. That sight has become quite common these days not only out in low population villages, but across towns and cities. I’ve heard that is a combination of the profit margins for the publicans being very tight if they are tenants and the need to also offer food in an equally competitive market. Hard times.

    • So sad but drinking at pubs has become a very expensive business. And in general, we drink less than we used to do too. I really miss old-fashioned pubs, like those you see in Coronation Street and East Enders. They always had cozy corners where we could just curl up and chat with friends for hours. There weren’t any Gastro menu as such but bags of peanuts and crisps. But it was comfortable and easy…😭

      • Yes and in the country nowadays (fortunately) people don’t drink and drive as they used to and I suppose some of those folk swapped to drinking at home. Actually last summer my daughter and I spent a couple of hours in The George on Haverstock Hill and they had old fashioned games at some of the tables. We had a full game of Scrabble and a few drinks along the way!! I think the pub is quite a foody one and Scrabble is not quite darts and cribbage.

      • My local pub, The Eagle, has a good selection of old-fashioned games but no darts or a pool table. Nowadays, pubs are airy and bright, aren’t they? I hardly come across any pub with Victorian saloon-ish decor anymore 🤔

      • No – it definitely isn’t right.. although the really sad part is that people simply don’t ‘socialise’ in the same way anymore and therefore they don’t get the amount of trade they need to be successful xx

      • I think that’s a Brilliant Idea! A day of rest to enjoy ‘time out’ with our family and friends, socialising in our local pub.. sounds perfect x

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