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Lilliput Hall

Date of photo: 1963

Picture source: Timothy Keane

The Lilliput Hall was situated on Old Jamaica Road. This pub was present by 1825 when the publican was Richard Lunn. It closed c2000.
Source: Terry Buck
 I used to go there when Bert Annabelle A pianist with Ted Heath used to have it. Safe to say it was Londons one of Londons first Jazz pubs. My last memory of it was Phil Seamen, the finest jazz drummer in the UK, borrowed my drum kit because he had been called to do the gig there unexpectedly. The other pub was The Ship in Long Lane, Southwark which had some good jazz nights. I remember listening to Roy Budd, he was 17yrs old, what a pianist wrote the music for the film Soldier Blue.
Gary Kewley (December 2015)
There is a reference to the Lilliput Hall Tavern in the London and Dublin Orthodox Journal, a very rare early Roman Catholic newspaper, in the issue of 14 January 1837, p 32. It's a brief report on the "anniversary feast" ie annual dinner of a society for supporting the choir at Holy Trinity, Bermondsey (Dockhead) being held there the previous Monday with about 60 people present.
Jean Olwen Maynard (October 2019)
I have just come across a reference that it was used by the territorial battalion of the 12th East Surreys before the first world war. The drill hall was almost next door so after weekly training they retired to the Lilliput for convivial drinks. Eventually the pub gave its name to the battalion who were called The Lilliput Lancers.
John Hansell (October 2022)

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Name Dates Comments
Raymond Newton 1932/1933 I was about two years old when my parents took over the licence of the pub. I remember going into Curzon St. and being very friendly with the great shire horses who delivered goods locally
Iris Wiltshire 1958 I was barmaid there when Bert Annable was the owner.
Joanne Moir 1960/1961 My parents Michael + Josie Moir took over this pub as newlyweds, I was almost born there in december 1960, but shé made it to thé Général Lying In hospital York Road (now à premier Inn !). I was nearly Johanna, but as thé pub has à piano...
Sandra Sturges 1968 I met my husband in March 1968 we married may 1969 we had forty happy years together and remember Roy Budd playing the.piano andI remember the great parties after.Happy times x

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Picture source: Stephen Harris

Picture source: Chris Willis