The George Tavern is under threat from property developers!

This historic East London music venue and pub which is over 600 years old has hosted concerts and events for the likes of Nick Cave, Plan B, John Cooper Clarke, and even Sir Roger Penrose.

The adjoining 60s nightclub Stepneys was mentioned by the Rolling Stones in ‘Play with Fire’, countless concerts and parties took place over the years in a building which was famous for its illuminated dance floor.

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The venue has also hosted photo shoots for Kate Moss, Georgia Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Grimes, Amy Winehouse and Grace Jones.  Upstairs the building was featured in Plan B’s movie ‘Ill Manors’ and Nick Cave’s debut video for his project Grinderman was filmed on site.

As well as a regular new music nights, classical music concerts, pop-up art exhibitions, vintage jumble sales, film, poetry and spoken word gigs are also put on at a venue which embraces all aspects of the arts.

The Grade II listed pub and venue on Commercial Road, Stepney, London is under threat from developers who have purchased the adjoining site.  They have submitted a number of different plans to build luxury apartments next to the pub.  If the flats are built, the venue will most probably be forced to stop live music events – its bread and butter.

Nearly 3,000 of you signed a petition which was sent to the Planning Inspector and the campaign generated positive media coverage across local and national websites, newspapers and magazines, including the Evening Standard, NME, Daily Express, Time Out, Huffington Post, and local blog East London Lines.

The petition was signed by a host of celebrities  including Sir Ian McKellen, Plan B, Jo Whiley, Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs and BBC’s the Voice.

The Planning Inspectorate have returned their decision and sided with the developers who have been given the go-ahead for their plans.  Read the update page for more…