Full list of 16 London Wetherspoons that are closing

CONGLETON - JANUARY 26: A close up of a J D Wetherspoon pub sign on January 26, 2021 in Congleton, England . (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
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Wetherspoons is closing 61 of its locations by the end of 2024, with 16 pubs in London being affected. The budget pub chain also announced that like-for-like the company experienced a 5.8 per cent increase in sales in the 10 weeks leading up to July 7, despite the wet weather.

Year-to-date figures show an increase of 7.7 per cent increase in like-for-like sales. During this period, Wetherspoons opened two new pubs, but gave up control of other sites, via sales of lease surrenders. A further 10 operational pubs are either on sale or under offer, the company revealed.

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Tim Martin, JD Wetherspoons chairman, said: "The gradual recovery in sales and profits, following the pandemic, has continued in the current financial year."

He added: "Total sales are, again, at record levels, with fewer pubs. Sales per pub are approxiately 21 per cent higher than pre-pandemic levels, which has helped to compensate for the very substantial increase in costs."

"For example, compared to the 2019 financial year, labour in this financial year has increased by approximately £164 million, energy by £28 million, repairs (also affected by labour costs) by £38 million and interest (excluding IFRS 16 interest) by £16 million."

Wetherspoons is closing 61 of its locations -Credit:Getty
Wetherspoons is closing 61 of its locations -Credit:Getty

Known fondly as Spoons, the UK-based pub chain was established in 1979 by Mr Martin and operates a vast number of pubs and hotels across the UK and Ireland. Popular for its cheap pints and budget-friendly pub grub, Wetherspoons are often housed in historic buildings. The brand is famous for its no-music policy and is particularly popular with students.

The first Wetherspoons pub was actually launched in Muswell Hill, North London by Mr Martin. The business was named after a teacher who had doubted his commercial prowess, and was a nod to a character from the cult classic TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard." Famous for his meticulous management style, Mr Martin has been essential in making Wetherspoons into an empire, with competitive prices, high turnover, and distinctive pub experiences.

Full list of JD Wetherspoon London closures

Pub closing in 2024:

  • The Plough and Harrow, London

Pubs under offer

  • Asparagus - Battersea

  • The Alfred Herring - Palmers Green

  • Wrong ‘Un - Bexleyheath

Pubs closed already:

  • Angel, Islington

  • The Colombia Press, Watford

  • Tollgate, Edmund Halley, Lee Green

  • Harvest Moon, Orpington

  • Edmund Halley, Lee Green

  • The Knight's Templar, Chancery Lane

  • Hudson Bay, Forest Gate

  • The Worlds Inn, Romford

  • The Bankers Draft, Eltham

  • The Capitol, Forest Hill

  • Millers Well, East Ham

  • The Coronet, Notting Hill

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