Greenwich pub Trafalgar Tavern owner seeks external changes

A riverside Greenwich pub could see a new canopy installed under new plans submitted to Greenwich Council.


The application seeks to install a glazed canopy outside the Trafalgar Tavern covering a number of tables for a period of five years.

A Heritage Statement within the plan states: “This will provide better external seating facilities for the Trafalgar Tavern.

Our proposal respects the character of the building, cast iron columns will employ ornamental and regency periodic details to match existing balcony balustrades.

The glass roof ensures that the structure remains lightweight and subsidiary to the main building. The canopy alongside the existing building is designed to be visually coherent.”

The main image on the pub’s website already includes the structure.

The Trafalgar Tavern is well known for its Thames-side location. It recently saw Greenwich council refuse to allow upper floors to be used for events.

Owner Frank Dowling – who formerly owned a number of establishments in Greenwich – did not convince councillors to allow that venture at a meeting in November 2021.

The pub has long been a staple in the area with it first opening in 1837, though was closed for much of the first half of the 20th century before reopening in 1964-65. The pub is Grade II listed.

Click here to view the application.

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2 thoughts on “Greenwich pub Trafalgar Tavern owner seeks external changes

  • April 5, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    that is – or was until a few years ago – the public highway. Has its legal status changed?

  • April 5, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    – and Murky – can you find out what the legal status is of that piece of land – and if there has been any payment for it, and to whom. If the pub now owns it – that would be fine – and for all I know there has been a proper legal deal with someone by the pub owner.


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