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The Antigallican

Picture source: T C


The Antigallican was situated at 155 Tooley Street. Converted into a commercial building in the shadow of Norman Foster's More London complex behind retained façades along Vine Lane and Tooley Street in the mid-2000s.
My mothers uncle, a chap called Tom Coffey ran the pub for many years until some time around the mid 1980’s. I recall visiting, working behind the bar and staying upstairs when I was 6 or 7 years old. I seem to recall that the area behind the pub, towards the Thames was a bit of a waste land. I believe that Tom stopped running the pub as the rates kept getting expensive, unfortunately he did not own the freehold. I am glad that the building has been preserved, just a shame it was not allowed to continue as a public house. 
Jonathan Cooper (April 2012)
My Mum, who is now 90, recalls her mother calling in to this pub to take money for some kind of savings scheme that it was running. At the time her family lived in Magdalen Street. The thing she remembers most was a big propeller in the bar. She would have been around 7 or 8 at the time (c 1936).
Kim Faulkner (February 2019)

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Name Dates Comments
Eugene Jordan 1989 Great pub ,small but the atmosphere was brilliant,good times had always. Staff always friendly ah the good old days oh to be young on a Friday night .memories will always stay with me.
Martin Hoctor 1979-1985 My first home in London was at 17 Bethel Estate, just a bit further down Vine Lane towards the river. I was in my early twenties when I moved there in 1979. I remember it as a quiet, but welcoming, pub which I'd pop into on my way home or maybe Saturday lunchtime. The housing estate is long gone, but it's nice to see the pub facade as a reminder of Tooley Street's history.
Barry Brahams c1950-1955 My grandfather Philip Levy was the publican and ran the pub around this time although I cannot be sure of the dates. I was only 7 at the time but I remember that the pub was used by dockers and residents at a 'doss house' nearby. I think the saloon bar was overlooking Tooley Street and the 'public' bar was at the rear. many happy times spent upstairs watching the buses and downstairs being allowed to try the wares!!
Other Photos

Picture source: Darkstar

Date of photo: 1983

Picture source: Paul