Carlton Tavern, Kilburn

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Carlton Tavern, 33 Carlton Vale, Kilburn, London NW6

The Carlton Tavern was built in 1920–21 for Charrington & Co. Ltd to a design by the architect Frank J Potter. It replaced an earlier pub on the same site that was destroyed by a German bomb from the major Gotha Raids air raid of 19/20 May 1918. The building was noted for its unaltered 1920s interiors and faience tiled exterior. It was the only building in the street to survive the Blitz during World War II. A spokesman for Historic England said "The site was remarkably well-preserved externally and internally. It displayed the hierarchy of rooms in their fixtures, fittings and decorative treatment and retained all its external signage. Few pubs were built at this date and fewer survive unaltered".

The building was being considered by Historic England for Grade II listing when it was unexpectedly demolished by the owners CLTX on 8 April 2015, without the necessary planning consents. In May 2015, Westminster City Council issued an enforcement notice requiring the owners to "recreate in facsimile the building as it stood immediately prior to its demolition". The notice prevented CLTX from selling the site until the pub had been rebuilt.

The London Evening Standard reported that CLTX would have to rebuild the pub "brick by brick". The pub reopened in April 2021.

Information sourced from:,_Kilburn