Asylum Tavern

Greater London South East - Peckham

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

40-42 Asylum Road
Peckham
SE15 2RL

Tel: (020) 7639 2823

Nearby Station: Queens Road (Peckham)

Station Distance: 400m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Queens Road (Peckham)) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

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When built the pub had four small rooms and today there are still three with some doorways cut in dividing walls so you can easily walk around all the rooms nowadays.

There are 3 doors on the Asylum Road side – the left one leads to the pool room; the middle one is access to the private quarters upstairs; and the right hand door was blocked up in the 1970s. The main entrance on the Meeting House Lane side leads to the large bar on the right and a wide doorway cut in the 1960s leads to the small bar on the left. Another door on the Kings Grove side also leads to the larger bar on the right.

Rebuilt in the late 1930s of brick with faience on the ground floor – two storeys and rooms in the roof above. It is named after the nearby Licensed Victuallers’ Asylum. In contrast to contemporary connotations, this site was not a place where former pub landlords were hidden away; instead ‘Asylum’ is used in the older sense, meaning “sanctuary”.

When built the pub had four small rooms and today there are still three with some doorways cut in dividing walls so you can easily walk around all the rooms nowadays.

There are 3 doors on the Asylum Road side – the left one leads to the pool room; the middle one is access to the private quarters upstairs; and the right hand door was blocked up in the 1970s. The main entrance on the Meeting House Lane side leads to the large bar on the right and a wide doorway cut in the 1960s leads to the small bar on the left. Another door on the Kings Grove side also leads to the larger bar on the right.

The small pool room retains its original bar counter but in 2008 this was shortened by about two feet as the markings on the floor show. The bar back fitting is the original with two rows of mirrors and above a row of fielded panelling. The bar retains its original inlaid top. Prior to 2008 there were ante rooms for the ladies and gents toilets situated on the rear wall of this room and there was a way to access this room from the large bar by walking through either of the toilets. The panelling on the rear wall near the doorway gap created in 2008 was made to match the original fielded panelling on the dado, all of which is painted black.

The small bar also retains its original curved bar counter with doors for servicing beer engines and the front painted black (top was replaced in the mid 1990s) and fielded panelling to dado height also painted black.

The large bar retains its original bar counter with doors for servicing beer engines and a front painted black (top was replaced in the mid 1990s). The original bar back remains having two rows of mirrors and above a row of fielded panelling. Originally there was a partition with a low door in it for cleaners which was situated close to the gap in the counter for staff but it was taken away in the mid 1980s. There is a brick fireplace (age?) painted red.

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