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Reports of Pillars’ demise exaggerated?

After shock closure in February, industry insiders say new management will soon be taking over at the historic Greek Street pub

17 March, 2018

Pillars: ‘We will be back in April…’ Photo: Flickr

HAS the death of an ancient Soho watering hole been misconstrued?

Is there good news to be had regarding a favoured place for Diary to rest our weary feet?

Much has been made of the closure of the wonderful Pillars of Hercules in Greek Street, one of those pubs whose history seeps off the beer-stained carpets and nicotine-stained walls.

But Diary is, albeit tentatively, pleased to note that a sign in its window that suggests a rumour that 300 years of booze-ups have come to an end is not the case.

It closed on February 24 and Diary feared the worse for an old friend. But the hand-written note reads: “The reports of the Pillars of Hercules’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. We will be back in April with a fresh lick of paint and ready to continue our institutional responsibilities for the next 300 years…”

According to industry insiders, new management will be taking over in April but who that is has yet been made public – nor whether the Pillars will retain a name that has been linked to the site since the 1700s.

And what history this dear old place contains.

Charles Dickens named a character in A Tale Of Two Cities after the street it sits on the corner of – Mr Mannette of Mannette Street; Patrick Hamilton could be found there on many a night in the 1930s, while in more recent times you could find such glamorous literati as Ian Hamilton, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan supping refreshments there.


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