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Time' is called for last pint at Britain's most expensive boozer

PUBLISHED: 22:34 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 05 October 2010

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NOT much time is left to sink a pint and prop up the bar down at a famous little boozer on the Docklands waterfront in London's East End. This time next year, Millwall's traditional City Pride pub will be replaced by a huge 62-storey skyscraper

ABOVE: The pride of East London, the traditional City Pride old dockers’ pub, now being replaced by...

BELOW: ...this 62-storey tower on the Thames waterfront at the Isle of Dogs

Victoria Huntley

NOT much time is left to sink a pint and prop up the bar down at a famous little boozer on the Docklands waterfront in London’s East End.

This time next year, Millwall’s traditional City Pride pub will be replaced by a huge 62-storey skyscraper.

The old two-storey tavern was bought by developers for a cool £32 million in the summer—making it the most expensive pub in Britain.

Now the company has put in a planning application to build the monster 600ft tower with 400 flats, a hotel, gym, restaurants and conference facilities.

The City Pride was built in Westferry Road in the 1950s to serve dockers on the Isle of Dogs, but has since become the watering hole for bankers at nearby Canary Wharf.

The tower, dubbed The Pride’ by architect Norman Foster, could be the third tallest building in London if it gets the green light, after the Canary Wharf tower nearby and the Crystal Palace TV transmitter.

The planning application is being looked at by Tower Hamlets council in the New Year.

Meanwhile, the City Pride continues until Christmas, and pulls its last pint before the New Year.

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