Glass thieves ‘worse than a louse’ at the London Tavern, Redfern

HOPING to shame offenders, this verse stands in the bar of the London Tavern, Regent Street, Redfern. –The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) Wednesday 24 October 1945. 

The London Tavern in Sydney’s south was built by Robert Montgomery in 1921. However, before the pub opened for business at 103 Regent Street, Redfern, Montgomery had died, and the freehold was quickly snapped-up from his estate by brewery and real estate giant, Tooth & Company in 1922.

The London Tavern traded for over 60 years before Tooth & Company sold its freehold for $233,000 in September 1983

The pub closed soon after the sale and its license was removed elsewhere (Can anyone help us with the year the pub closed and where the license was removed?).

The last hosts of the Redfern pub were husband and wife, Regina May and Ronald William Hurst, who were paid $83,000 for the remainder of their goodwill when the pub was sold by Tooth & Company in 1983.

The building remains on Regent Street Redfern with three retail tenants at street level.

The London Tavern Hotel,  Regent Street, Redfern, 1931. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.
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The London Tavern Hotel,  Regent Street, Redfern, 1949. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.
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The former London Tavern Hotel,  Regent Street, Redfern, 2018. Picture: Google Streetview

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2 replies

  1. I used to work a block away from this pub & it was still operating in 1980 .. walked past it many times . cheers

  2. The London Tavern in Redfern should be restored to its former glory.

    Outdoor dinning on the first floor would be ideal as it faces west and patrons could enjoy this outdoor space while watching the sun go down.

    The conversation of this former hotel into three separate businesses is terrible and should never have been approved.

    The shops currently occupying this hotel are very scruffy and tacky in appearance. This building is now an eyesore and detracts from the surrounding improvements in the Lawson Square precinct.

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