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Popular Holloway pub The George is closing down

PUBLISHED: 09:06 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:07 25 April 2018

The George pub in Eden Grove, Holloway, is closing after a century. Picture: Ewan Munro/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

The George pub in Eden Grove, Holloway, is closing after a century. Picture: Ewan Munro/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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It’s not just Arsene Wenger leaving Islington at the end of the season.

On Monday, three days after Mr Wenger’s departure was announced, popular Arsenal pub The George announced it is closing.

The pub, in Eden Grove, just around the corner from Holloway Road station, will shut at the end of May.

Landlord Peter Mara joked: “It’s quite the parallel with Arsene’s departure, but unfortunately I won’t be getting his pension.”

Asked why the pub is closing, Peter said: “It’s a combination of things. The lease is up, the pub trade is really hard at the moment and I have been here for 27 years – so it’s time to call it a day.

“The George has been a huge chunk of my life and central to the community: weddings, funerals, christenings and Arsenal. It’s going to be a sad day when we close.”

Peter said the pub has been going for about 100 years. It’s unknown what the building owner plans to do with the site.

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