Iconic London pub referenced by The Clash set to close


Iconic London pub The Crown & Sceptre, once referenced by punk icons The Clash, is reportedly set to close down.

The pub, which is located in Streatham, South West London, still retains its original Truman exterior tiling after help from the local historical society and is believed to date back as far as 1825.

The pub has played an important role in popular culture, housing a host of London bands and famously was a favourite boozer for Joe Strummer and The Clash.

On the lyrics for ‘Stay Free’, a song which is taken from 1978 album Give ‘Em Enough Rope, Strummer sings: “I practised daily in my room, you were down the crown planning your next move.”

However, it appears that the pub is set to close its doors despite investment from chain Weatherspoon a number of years ago. “Confirmed by bar staff tonight that the pub closes this Sunday 24. Sounds like its going out with a whimper too – no wake planned,” a user of the Brixton Buzz Forum wrote.

“Its demise is a great blow for those of a certain age with a certain income level …”

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