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Hi everyone,

Not sure how many of you are London (or indeed south of England)-based, but if you are or if you've ever been on holiday down here during the season you've probably visited the White Bear for a game (and perhaps met me!).

The owners of the building the White Bear is in have announced that they want to convert it all into luxury flats (classic London), meaning it could be the end of a pub that has been the best place to watch Rangers games down here by some distance. 

They posted the below on their Facebook earlier, which I have copy pasted:



It is with a heavy heart that we tell you that the owners of our beautiful building have applied for planning permission with Islington Council to close and refurbish The White Bear as well as turning the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors into self-contained flats.

This action means we will be forced to leave the pub after 17 years of both living and working here.

You guys were all amazing at voting for us in the TimeOut awards and we were so proud to win!

We’re calling on you now to contact Islington Council and ask them not to allow these works to go ahead. The White Bear is a beautiful, listed building and the pub itself is a wonderful family business and we’ve loved all 17 years of being here! It’s heart-breaking to think this will be our very last Christmas!

If you feel you could possibly get involved, the application numbers are P2016/4661/LBC and P2016/4585/FUL and the DEADLINE IS 5 JANUARY.

Here are the links direct to the pages where you can leave a comment / object:




We thank you for all your help, your continued support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



You can notify the council of your thoughts by clicking the "Add Comments Here" hyperlink on the pages the White Bear posted above.

I know these kind of responses don't tend to garner much in terms of action, but it may well be an opportunity to ensure there is a decent place in London to watch our games, and it would go a tiny bit of the way to show the landlord, who has opened at the weekend especially for us, our appreciation for his efforts.

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