Could the UN save the London pub? Think of your local pub and it’s likely the words ‘World Heritage status’, are not the first to spring to mind. But that could be about to change if the students at Kingston University’s School of Architecture get their way. Teaching staff have given students the task of applying for UNESCO World Heritage status for the London pub as a ‘type’.
The application will be based on The London Public House project, a survey of 87 distinctive London pubs, many of which are struggling in the economic downturn. Once they’ve drunk their way across the capital, sorry, compiled the report, the students hope to submit a bid to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport next summer. World Heritage status is given to sites that exhibit a range of criteria, including ‘exhibiting an important interchange of human values’ and ‘containing superlative natural phenomena’. We reckon the London boozer qualifies on both points. Especially after a few pints. Rebecca Taylor
Interchange your values over a drink at one of London’s 50 best pubs.