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Magnet & Dewdrop


Picture source: Natalie Mears

The Magnet & Dewdrop was situated at 216 West Ferry Road. Present by 1878, this pub was renamed The Telegraph in 1985 when the newspaper of the same name announced that it was moving in across the road. It closed in 1995 and was demolished in 2001.

In 1972 I was working on Poplar High Street. It was a small block of flats near Poplar Town Hall. I was a hod carrier. We finished early one day and went to the Magnet and Dew Drop because they had a late license for the dockers and we would be able to drink through the afternoon. It was a small bar with a stage in one corner. We were all stood around the bar - us and about 8 dockers - when some music started playing. We looked round and a girl got on the stage and started doing a strip tease. Everyone simply turned back to drinking at the bar. I felt sorry for the girl in 2 ways - she was doing a horrible job and then people ignored her. Only time I ever went in there.
John Westmoreland (January 2019)

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Replacement building, 2015

Picture source: Colin Price