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Why have all the pubs in London closed?
I found this curious chart from the British Beer and Pub Association. It shows beer consumption over the last ten years. It is interesting because it shows only a slight fall off in beer sales. Overall, the decline is not that dramatic. Collapsing demand doesn't appear to be the answer.
Perhaps it is my fault; I never visited them much when they were there. However, I have noticed their sudden disappearance. It is quite spooky, really. London is now covered with boarded up public houses.
Just to be clear about my own view; I don't like beer, I don't like people talking about bear, and I am not interested in hearing about some lost golden age when beer was better. I am, however, very curious about the sudden destruction of local institutions, many of which had been around for decades. Can anyone explain what happened?