The Chapel Bar to re-open
THE BAR in the building of the NUJ headquarters at Headland House is currently closed, after the tenant - the pub co. that ran it - went into liquidation. This is understood to be as a result of the company's performance at its various outlets across London.
However, the bar will re-open soon (the name it will trade under isn't yet confirmed), under the management of the people who run the Bread and Roses pub in Clapham, the Workers Beer Company. The Company also run beer tents at festivals that are staffed by volunteers and raise money for the labour movement and grassroots campaigns. Workers Beer Company is in turn owned by Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Council.
It is possible that the bar currently known as The Chapel will open its doors again in time for the London Freelance Branch seasonal party, held somewhere in Headland House on Monday 10 December. Watch this space for updates. In any event, the bar has proven a great place for LFB members to meet before and after LFB meetings.