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Wednesday23 July 2014

Architects' favourite pubs: The George Tavern, Commercial Road, London

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Tomas Klassnik on The George Tavern, a Whitechapel retreat from the world

The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road, London, E1 0LA

The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road, London, E1 0LA

The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road, London, E1 0LA

Tomas Klassnik

Source: Christopher (Kit) Oates

Tomas Klassnik

Tomas Klassnik said: “A short walk from Whitechapel or Stepney stations and conveniently close to our office, the George Tavern on Commercial Road is a curious pub. 

Frequently quiet it makes an ideal retreat to escape the world and discuss a new project or forget an old one. 

“Foam poking through tears in the bunkette seating offers a reassuring trace of the expansive flow of history (it’s mentioned by Chaucer), thoughts, actions, ideas and people that have ordered a packet of salt and vinegar crisps at the bar.

“The barricaded windows that allow it to stay open late into the night when hosting lively music, art and performance events, also banish the world beyond to create a somnolent interiority, evoking a dreamlike or hallucinatory state in its patrons which I find is amiably assisted by a pint of the fine Guinness.”

To nominate your favourite pub email cate.sthill@ubm.com with a short description and exterior/interior photographs.

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  • Sebastian Cuff

    Can we have a series on architects' favourite opera houses next, what?

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  • And architects' favourite takeaways - for those endless all-nighters at the office.

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  • I don't much like the sound of that pub, at least from reviews on BITE, but I like the sound of this series. Looking forward to more pubs.

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  • Any of the Sam Smiths pubs...suitably priced for us Architects!

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  • Many years ago when I worked for a London-based brewery company, I went to see the principal of a large architectural practice with a view to their suitability for 'pub work'. He said that in the past they had used pub design as an exercise for their junior architects to learn about basic planning and spatial awareness, because if it worked in a pub, it would work when designing a housing estate or other commercial development.
    For fans of Sam Smiths pubs, look at the quality work done 30 years ago by Hunt Thompson Associates in Isleworth, Maida Vale and by the National Portrait Gallery.

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  • james francis

    So which architects is BD going to ask? Let me guess it will be a London biased group.

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  • It hardly matters.

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  • does it still have the lit up dance floor out the back? used to be a right celeb hangout for footballers and the like back in the day. classy.

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