09 March 2014

Quiz Night at The Ivy House

On Sunday the 30th of March, at 7:45 pm we'll be hosting our first ever pub quiz at The Ivy House in Nunhead. You can let us know you're coming here.

The Ivy House is a fascinating place.

It closed down in April 2012 and sold to property developers who announced their intention to gut the interior and convert the building to residential use.

Local residents, lead by the pub's manager, were appalled at the idea of the loss of the pub's beautiful wood-panelled interior and began an attempt to have the building Grade II listed, which would mean that the interior work would be protected.

They achieved this just two days before the pub was closed and this pretty much scuppered any chance the developers had to convert the building into flats.

Instead a group of local people set up a campaign to raise enough money for them to buy the pub and have it be owned by the local community.

They succeeded and the pub was restored and reopened in August 2013 as London's first co-operative pub, the first pub in the UK to be listed as an Asset of Community Value and the first building bought under the Community Right To Bid provisions of The Localism Act (2011).

As well as being of value as a historic structure The Ivy House also has a proud history of performance that was under threat of being lost forever.
In the 70's it was a popular rock venue and saw the likes of Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer, Ian Dury and Jeff Beck playing there.

Now, as well as being a pub and perfromance spot, The Ivy House offers advice to other groups that want to specifically save a local pub or generally raise funds or get ACV listing for buildings in their local community. 

Be part of the latest chapter in the Ivy House's rich history by coming to the first ever South London Hardcore pub quiz on Sunday, 30th March. 

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