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Number of pubs and bars in Croydon has dropped by 50% in 15 years

Number of pubs and bars in Croydon has dropped by 50% in 15 years
Mar 21, 2017 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 20/03/2017

Number of pubs and bars in Croydon has dropped by 50% in 15 years

Swan Sugarloaf

The Swan and Sugarloaf pub closed in 2012 and is now a Tesco Express.

Dozens of pubs and bars in Croydon have closed in the last 15 years and hundreds of jobs have been lost.

New figures have revealed the startling number of locations in the borough which have pulled their last pint and created their final cocktail.

In 2001, there were 165 pubs and bars in Croydon, and as many as 180 in 2002, but this fell 50 per cent to 90 in 2016. The number of people working in pubs and bars in Croydon has also dropped 44 per cent from 1,600 in 2001 to 900 in 2016.


Many much-loved nightspots and places to go for a drink such as Black Sheep Bar, Yates’s. Txt Bar, The Swan and Sugarloaf and The Red Deer have also shut for good in this time.

Txt Bar closed its doors for the final time at the end of February.Speaking at the end of last year, Croydon Council leader Tony Newman said he wanted to see new nightclubs opening in Croydon – just months after he claimed that the closure of Tiger Tiger was a sign that the town was changing for the better.

Back in January 2016 councillor Newman said that while it was sad to see the town’s biggest club close he felt it was a “dated” brand and wanted Croydon to have more of an evening, rather than a nighttime, economy.

In November , however, he told the Advertiser that more clubs would benefit the town.

The Red Deer became a My Local Morrisons’ store but that has since closed.Across London, the number of pubs and bars has dropped by a quarter since 2001.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics cover the number of workplaces classified as public houses and bars in each year and show there were 4,835 in 2001, rounded to the nearest five, falling to 3,615 in 2016. The figures exclude workplaces with zero employment.

However, the number of people employed in pubs and bars has risen by 9 per cent since 2001, from 42,600 to 46,300.

There was a lot of disappointment when the Black Sheep Bar shut down.Hackney is the only London borough with more pubs and bars in 2016 than in 2010, 160 compared to 155. The area saw a decline in numbers between 2001 and 2010 but has seen numbers steadily increase since 2011.

Hackney has seen employment in pubs and bars more than double since 2001, up from 700 to 1,900.

Barking and Dagenham and Newham have seen the biggest declines, with numbers in both areas halving over the period, from 105 to 50 in Newham and from 45 to 20 in Barking and Dagenham.

There used to be 500 people employed in pubs and bars in Barking and Dagenham in 2001, but it was down to 200 by 2016.

The areas in London with the most pubs and bars are the City of London with 150 in a small area with a population of around 8,000, followed by the area around Fitzrovia and Soho, 140, then Leicester Square and Covent Garden, 100.

Hoxton and Shoreditch are next with 50 pubs and bars, followed by 45 in Holborn, and 40 each in Finsbury and Clerkenwell and in Borough.