Bermondsey’s The Old Justice pub restored after previous owner tore up its Tudor-style fittings

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The pub formed the backdrop for Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘No More Lonely Nights’ music video

Bermondsey residents could soon be boozing at The Old Justice pub now its “stunning” Tudor-style interior has been restored to its former glory. 

The Grade II-listed establishment on Bermondsey Wall East went through the wringer when previous owners removed its bar and timber paneling without getting Listed Building Consent. 

Those owners paid for the restoration works, completed in June, and now the pub is on the lookout for new leaseholders. 

Cllr James McAsh, cabinet member for climate emergency & sustainable development, said: “I’m delighted that The Old Justice’s stunning interior has been restored to its former glory. It would have been a terrible shame to lose such a beautiful piece of Southwark’s history.”

Constructed in 1933 in the ‘brewers Tudor’ style, the pub once formed the backdrop for Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘No More Lonely Nights’ music video.

It was reportedly designed by Sidney Carke – one of the most accomplished pub architects of the inter-war period. 

According to Historic England, it’s a “rare, particularly well-preserved example of a small-scale urban pub influenced by the improved pub movement, giving a tangible sense of how such pubs would have looked and operated in the 1930s”. 

Local conservation architects Purcell, worked alongside Southwark Council on the restoration. Architect Dan Press said: “It was a privilege for our London team to lend their expertise to the restoration of The Old Justice… to repair and reinstate the pub’s bar servery using traditional methods.”

The Old Justice has narrowly escaped a different fate. In 2017, a developer submitted plans to turn the building into flats. 

Following a vocal community outcry, and a petition with 1,500 signatures, the off-shore buyer dropped their plans. 

Cllr McAsh added: “I’d like to thank the local community who played an important role in helping preserve the heritage of the pub.”

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