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We need to save one of London's most historic pubs and music venues: Clash, Eddie Izzard and more speak out.

We need to save one of London's most historic pubs and music venues: Clash, Eddie Izzard and more

The sound of decades in the wall, a million hangovers in the ceilings, North London culture running through the taps and the last standing place for locals to flock to. Guys - they're trying to do it again - to shut one of the best pubs and music venues left in the city.

KPH (Or the Kensington Park Hotel) is situated in Ladbroke Grove and is essentially the last local pub left in the area. Bought by SWA Developments from Punch Taverns in a £3.2 million deal, former music festival promoter Vince Power believes that it will soon be transformed into flats. So he is fighting a legal battle to stay in control of it, despite the fact that the judge has ruled Mr Power is in breach of the lease.

Mr Power said: “The developer had no intention of running it as a pub when he bought it. It’s only been designated an Asset of Community Value by the council because we fought him.”

The head of SWA Developments, Steven Archer said: “I have no plans to run it as anything other than a profitable pub.”

The decision to evict has been appealed with fate falling on March 17th if the appeal can go ahead. If it is denied Mr Archer will be able to evict Mr Power and the pub as we know it will die.

KPH - The story of a pub in peril from Cloud Nine Media on Vimeo.

With a rich tapestry of history, it is the first place that Tom Jones played in London in the sixties, so it's no wonder that its esteemed group of friends like Eddie Izzard, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews and members of the Clash of jumped out to defend it.

Matthews has said: “Today it’s still a thriving venue for young musicians and bands ready to try their luck but it remains a local’s local.” Simonon, 60, a regular there with Clash bandmate Mick Jones, said: “If we don’t protect the history of Ladbroke Grove it’s just going to become like Covent Garden, a place for tourists.”

Comedian Eddie Izzard has said: “If pubs disappear, they cannot be replaced and we are poorer as a nation if that happens.”

Want to show your support? Then get down to the venue, take a guitar and drink a few pints. 


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