Author: Music Heritage UK

A charity which exists to promote, protect and preserve our national popular music heritage.

George Tavern loses at High Court… but the battle continues

The George Tavern’s High Court appeal of the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to allow the building of flats in close proximity to the established pub and music venue has unfortunately been rejected by the Judge.

Landlady Pauline and her family are currently applying to appeal this decision.

As you’ll no doubt realise, this continued legal challenge comes at a cost and Pauline and her family are grateful to everyone who contributed to their crowdfunding campaign or bought a t-shirt. Together we have raised over £3,000! On behalf of the George Tavern, we’d like to thank you for your support.

If you haven’t already bought a t-shirt and would like to do so, then please visit the George’s online shop, or pop into to buy a shirt from behind the bar (new colours are now available, as well as a limited edition Jack Daniels Save the George shirt!). All funds raised go towards the George’s legal fund.

Pauline’s efforts at restoring the George Tavern to its former glory have been recognised by Historic England (formerly English Heritage). Pauline has been nominated for a “Heritage Angel” award. Voting is now over, but we’ll find out whether she’s won the award at a ceremony in London on September 7th.


Pauline and the George shortlisted for “Heritage Angel” award! Please vote!

Some excellent news for the Save the George campaign which has seen landlady Pauline Forster shortlisted for a “Heritage Angel” award from Historic England (formerly English Heritage) for her work in restoring the Grade II listed pub and music venue.

The award is recognition of all the hard work Pauline and her family have done in returning this once run-down building to its former glory.

Members of the public can vote in this award and we’re urging all fans of live music and supporters of the campaign to do so! Please take five minutes of your time and vote for Pauline online here!

The campaign is waiting for the ruling from the High Court Judge to their appeal of the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to allow the building of six flats in close proximity to this thriving new music venue which hosts live music most nights of the week.

The George Tavern are also fundraising to meet some of their legal costs. Find out how you can support them at their crowdfunding page.


Crowdfunding to save live music and to Save the George!

The George Tavern have launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise funds towards their legal fund.

All monies raised will go towards the continued legal fight against the property development. Rewards include limited edition t-shirts, memorabilia signed by celebrities (Sir Ian McKellen and Johnny Vegas), exclusive artworks and much much, more.

Get involved and explore the full list of rewards at Indiegogo! Click on the link below to be taken to the donation page.


On behalf of all at the George Tavern, thank you for your continued support!

Fundraising to meet our legal costs! HOW YOU CAN HELP US!

To meet the costs involved in appealing the decision of the Planning Inspectorate at the High Court, we are fundraising and our iconic ‘SAVE THE GEORGE TAVERN’ t-shirts, as worn by a host of celebrities (Kate Moss, Sir Ian McKellen, John Cooper Clarke, Grace Jones, Georgia May Jagger + more), are available to purchase.

We have until May 2015 to sell the 1,000 t-shirts necessary to cover our legal costs! 

Here’s how you can help us!

Step 1 – Buy a T-Shirt (available to purchase online with paypal or from behind the bar).

Step 2 – Upload a picture of yourself wearing your ‘Save The George Tavern’ T-shirt on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Make sure you tag us: Instagram: @savethegeorgetavern, Twitter: @GeorgeTavernE1 or Facebook: TheGeorgeTavern and use #savethegeorgetavern in your post.

Step 3 – We will re-post your picture and add you to our Gallery page, featuring all the supporters!

This is a best way to give The George Tavern a fighting chance. We need your help to keep The George Tavern and live music alive!

Here’s Leon Bridges supporting the cause and wearing his shirt with pride!

Leon Bridges

T-shirts now for sale and more media coverage

Just to let you know that in time for Christmas we have some lovely ‘Save the George’ campaign t-shirts for sale!

As modelled by Kate Moss, Georgia May Jagger, Sir Ian McKellen, Grace Jones. Click on the link to be taken to the George’s online shop. They really would make a music fan’s Christmas.

In other news, the ramifications of the Planning Inspectorate’s decision continues to make the media. Dazed has an in-depth piece on the fight to Save the George, while political blog Left Foot Forward have also written about the George as part of a wider piece on how gentrification is destroying London’s night life.

The George remains open and continues to host the best in upcoming live music. Check out what’s on at their website. The best way to support the venue remains dropping in for a pint or three.

Save the George T-Shirt

Sad news for the George as Planning Inspectorate sides with developers

I’m sure many of you have been awaiting news from us on the decision from the Planning Inspectorate on the proposed residential development adjacent to the historic and iconic George Tavern in Stepney, East London.

Unfortunately for landlady Pauline and her family, staff and for music fans across London, they have decided to overturn Tower Hamlet’s original refusal and Swan Housing are now essentially free to proceed to build six residential and three commercial retail units next to the George.

The venue will continue to open its doors to up and coming bands and music fans for the foreseeable future. However, once the flats are completed it hugely increases the risk of a noise complaint which would seriously curtail the ability of the venue to host live music. It’s only thanks to live music events that the George is able to make ends meet.

Pauline is currently considering whether to appeal the Planning Inspectorate’s decision at the High Court. If you think you might be able to help her with regard to this (maybe you’re a solicitor or planner with experience of these issues?) then please don’t hesitate to let us know… email us and we’ll put you in touch.

Furthermore, no demolition or development can take place until a programme of archeological work has been implemented and approved by the local planning authority. If you are, or know, an archeologist please get in touch! The site has extensive and interesting history; the George Tavern, former Halfway House dates back to the 1500s, a time when it was surrounded by botanical gardens.

On behalf of the George Tavern… a huge thanks for your support to date! We were overwhelmed with the response from London’s music community to our petition and delighted that so many felt so strongly that the George Tavern should be saved.

The issue of noise is currently being addressed in a national petition led by English folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner. If you love the George and live music, then please do sign his petition which is calling for the ‘agent of change’ principle to be introduced in planning laws in the UK. Essentially it would mean a common sense approach to noise issues and planning with the onus on new developments to pay for soundproofing of existing music venues.

Live music lives on at the George in the meantime! They’ve a full diary of amazing events coming up over the next few weeks and months. The best way to show your support is to come down one night for a gig and a few drinks! The George would love to see you there. Find out what’s on here!


Continued media coverage of our fight!

It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch but we’ve not had much to report. We’re still waiting for the planning process to take its course. We should have the result of the developers appeal in a few weeks.

We’ve been busy continuing the restoration of the venue, returning the building to its former glory.

The campaign continues to make the news. The Evening Standard ran another piece on the George and landlady Pauline was interviewed on LBC following it.

Campaign supporters Music Heritage UK wrote a piece for the Huffington Post looking at the issue more widely and how venues are being unnecessarily put under threat by a lack of common sense in our planning laws which of course featured our campaign. Why not post a comment to let people know what you think!

Last week, Bristol’s new music venue the Fleece took to social media to let people know about a proposed development adjacent to their venue which bares an uncanny resemblance to what’s happening at the George.

They’re aiming to get 100,000 signatures so this issue is debated in parliament. This could be the breakthrough needed for music venues up and down the country and for a return to common sense where property developments and music venues are concerned.

Please take a minute to support their fight to save the Fleece!

Thanks for reading and if you want another way to show your support for The George then see you down there for a pint soon!

Standard covers campaign again!

The campaign to Save the George Tavern continues to generate media interest! Last night the Evening Standard wrote this piece on proposed changes to save pubs like the George Tavern!

Landlady Pauline was also interviewed on LBC Radio on her fight to save live music in Stepney.

Campaign update!

Nearly 3,000 of you signed this petition which was sent to the Planning Inspector to ask him to uphold the original decision by Tower Hamlets to refuse development on the site adjacent to the George Tavern in Stepney, East London.

Among the 3,000-odd signatures were those of Sir Ian McKellen, Plan B, Jo Whiley, and Ricky Wilson, and the members of London Grammar.

Hundreds of you have left touching comments highlighting just how important the George Tavern (and live music) is for so many of you.

The campaign was also positively covered across a range of newspapers, magazines and websites including the Evening Standard, NME, Time Out, local blog East London LinesTNT, and Daily Express.

The Planning Inspectorate have now stopped accepting comments and will spend the next few weeks and months considering their decision.

Thanks to everyone involved who signed, tweeted, blogged, and shared… you have proved to the powers that be just how important the George Tavern is for the musical, artistic and local communities.

We will, of course, keep you informed of any news as and when we receive it from the Planning Inspectorate…. and we’ll keep updating this campaign mini-site too with relevant info, pictures and more.

If you still want to help, then check out the ‘get involved’ pages to see what you can do!

On behalf of landlady Pauline, a heartfelt thank you to you all!

See you down the George for a pint!