The George Tavern

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For more information please contact James on 07850 374 815 or email  
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Notes to editors:
1. The online petition at is open until March 5th 2014:

2. A range of pictures, as well as the history of the campaign, are available on the dedicated mini-site: 

3. Music Heritage UK is a charity which exists to promote, protect and preserve the nation’s popular music heritage, please visit: for more information. 

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Calls for public to join celebrity backed campaign to save iconic East End pub and music venue 

17 February 2014

A campaign started six years ago by Amy Winehouse, and backed by celebrities such as Kate Moss, Grace Jones, and Sir Ian McKellen to save an iconic and historic pub and new music venue from developers, urgently needs members of the public and music lovers to show their support by signing an online petition at

The George Tavern, a 600 year old, Grade II listed building located at 373 Commercial Road, Stepney, East London has hosted the likes of Nick Cave, Plan B, John Cooper Clarke, Babyshambles, the Magic Numbers, Kodaline and even Sir Roger Penrose on its intimate stage.

The venue has been fighting local developers Swan Housing who have submitted a number of plans to build luxury apartments on the adjacent plot - this would ultimately result in a noise abatement order for the venue which has hosted live music on site for over fifty years.

Swan have appealed Tower Hamlets decision to refuse planning permission to the Secretary of State who will hear the case on March 5th. 

Landlady and owner Pauline Forster said, "I've been fighting the developers for years and now need your help to secure the George Tavern's future.  I’m asking music fans up and down the country to help us by signing the petition.  This isn’t just about a new music venue in East London, this is about showing planners and developers that musical and cultural spaces are integral to our local communities, and play a vital role in developing the stars of tomorrow."

Music Heritage UK, a charity which exists to promote, protect and preserve the UK's popular music heritage, has also backed the campaign. 

James Ketchell, Chief Executive of Music Heritage UK said, "The story of the George Tavern's struggle is unfortunately only too common for music venues up and down the country.  Weak planning decisions result in inappropriate residential developments too close to existing music venues.  This ultimately lead to noise abatement orders which effectively ends business. If this happens to the George Tavern it will be a cultural and musical tragedy."

Members of the public can find out more about the history and heritage of the venue, as well as further details on how to get involved in the campaign on the dedicated mini-site: 

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