No threat to historic Angel pub: Crossrail 2

The Three Johns Pub in White Lion Street, Angel

The Three Johns Pub in White Lion Street, Angel - Credit: Archant

A historic pub in Islington will not be demolished under Crossrail 2 plans, transport bosses have confirmed.

Alarm over the future of The Three Johns pub in White Lion Street, Angel, was raised when it appeared to fall within a Crossrail 2 area in a consultation document - suggesting that the building could be demolished.

The apparent threat to the locally listed building, which was rebuilt in 1899-1901, was flagged up by heritage campaigners at The Victorian Society. They also warned that a number of other historical buildings across London may have to be pulled down to make way for Crossrail 2’s proposed route, which would serve stations throughout the South-East, linking south-west and north-east London, as well as destinations in Surrey and Hertfordshire.

But after being contacted by the Gazette, Crossrail 2 Managing Director Michèle Dix said that the pub was not under threat.

“I can confirm that Crossrail 2’s plans to do not involve the demolition of the Three Johns pub,” he said.

“While some buildings on White Lion St are shown to be within a Crossrail 2 ‘area of surface interest’, they may not necessarily be needed during construction. Other buildings further east on White Lion St will likely be required for construction of a vent shaft for the Angel Crossrail 2 station. But demolition is always a last resort. These proposals do not give us permission to build the railway, and no final decisions have been made.”

Christopher Costelloe, Director of The Victorian Society said: “We are very pleased that they have clarified this. It would be helpful if they could also provide clarity about the other buildings that could be demolished.”

Mike Harrington, Operations Manager at Barworks, which manages the pub, said he was “sad and disappointed” when he first heard that the pub could face demolition. The Three Johns, he said, was “a historic landmark in the area, and somewhere a lot of people have made great memories”.

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He added that the company was “pleased” to hear it was not under threat. “While it’s sad that other premises will be lost for this development, it is important infrastructure to help London move forward.”