Purchased in February 2017 and situated directly opposite Marston’s Plough Brewery building, the two properties are the former homes of once popular late night venues 'The Artesian Well' night club and restaurant and wine bar 'The Lost Society'.
Lambeth had withdrawn the late licenses in 2016 and as a result the venues popularity had dwindled and were closed. By the time Marstons had taken them over they had been squatted and were in a very sorry state.
We invited neighbours of the buildings to tell us what they wanted to happen with the buildings. It was clear that they wanted to see an end to the nightclubs and the constant disturbance and antisocial behaviour they had put up with. The Artesian had been able to host several hundred people with bars and music on all three floors.
Marstons were keen to keep one licensed venue but not so keen on keeping two. A meeting was held with CAMRA in 2018 to discuss the possibility of retaining only one licensed outlet. CAMRA ( Campaign for Real Ale) also campaign to stop pubs from closing and are effective in whipping up support from locals . However CAMRA agreed that two drinking venues side by side were not viable and therefore supported Marstons application to keep the corner pub only .
After lengthy discussions with Lambeth our planning application was lodged in the Autumn of 2019. Permission was finally granted in principle in early 2021. The detailed scheme includes nine flats and a pub in the ground floor and basement, the details of which are currently being worked up. Demolition and stripping out has commenced and construction will start at the end of 2021.
The flats and pub will be retained by Marstons after redevelopment work has been completed and all will be available to rent
In 2016 Marstons bought the Southern Cross Pub in Fulham after it had been closed by Greene King and let it to Brook House who very successfully brought the pub back in to use in 2019 only to be stopped in their tracks by the Covid lock downs.
We know that pubs are really important venues for local communities in London so we will do all we can to help keep both pubs.