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Last Updated: Friday, 7 May, 2004, 06:52 GMT 07:52 UK
London pubs 'lose historic links'
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Camra says pubs are being converted into modern bars
Pubs in London with interiors of historic interest are declining as themed bars take over, a study claims.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) claims this is because of decades of modernising and conversion to "trendy cafe bars".

Its Regional Inventory highlights that 134 of London's 5,700 pubs have interiors with heritage value.

The guide lists some of the best examples of London's rich pub history which can still be enjoyed.

Robin Forshaw-Wilson, Camra's regional director for London, said: "It's frightening how much we have lost. This new guide is a wake-up call to bring attention to the problem and help people seek out those pubs which do still have significant, genuinely old work inside."

Geoff Brandwood, an architectural historian and co-editor of the Inventory, said: "History and heritage are popular with the public, in consequence, big business.

"If you have something special, why try - at great expense - to turn it into a pub looking like most of the rest?"

The London Inventory is the first in a series intended to cover the whole country, listing both fully intact pubs and also others which, though altered, still have much which can be appreciated and enjoyed.

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