The City of London is gearing up for a vibrant transformation as it welcomes a wave of new and revamped pubs into its landscape, part of an effort by the Corporation to draw workers and visitors back into the Square Mile.

Revamping existing pubs within development projects stands central to this initiative. Negotiations with developers aim to introduce new pubs in more prominent locations, boasting expanded trading spaces, outdoor areas, enhanced accessibility, and distinctive architectural designs to captivate attention.

Recent data from Transport for London (TfL) signals a promising trend for the City. With the Tube registering 4 million journeys in a single day and overall journey figures inching towards pre-pandemic levels, the surge in footfall points towards the return of City workers, residents, and visitors. Anticipating this influx, several new and revitalised establishments are on the horizon:

  • The Still and Star, Aldgate: A community asset currently concealed in an unattractive setting, will be relocated near the former Aldgate City gate. The new design pays homage to historical connections, featuring an expansive external terrace in a reimagined Harrow Alley.
  • Salisbury Arms, Salisbury Square: A listed building repurposed into a triple-aspect, multi-storey pub with an external south-facing terrace, contributing to the historic connection between nearby courts of law and surrounding pubs.
  • St Brides Tavern, Blackfriars: sporting a striking design, with a prominent longer frontage and expansive trading spaces, offering a new public route.
  • The White Swan, Fetter Lane: Relocating to a prominent corner, designed with a bold blue façade to redefine its visual presence.
  • The King’s Arms, 55 Old Broad Street / London Wall: Set for a transformation from an anonymous 1960s office block to a focal point with a larger external terrace and a striking red façade along London Wall.

Shravan Joshi’s Perspective

Shravan Joshi, Chairman of the City of London Corporation Planning and Transport Committee, emphasised the pivotal role of pubs in shaping the Square Mile’s appeal. He also highlighted the Corporation’s commitment to safeguarding existing pubs, particularly those with community value and historical significance.

“The City Corporation’s planning team is focussing on creating an environment where pubs can flourish. Through planning policy and approving developments which provide that much needed cultural and visitor infrastructure, we will make the Square Mile a 7-day-a-week visitor destination, for everyone.”