There's been recently a significant change to the area covered by West London Branch. Since 1st September, the branch boundaries for the first time have been defined by the London boroughs rather than by postcode sectors. We are now the branch covering the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and the City of Westminster.
The main reason for this is that so much of our campaigning work today is in pub preservation to defend pubs from closure. It makes it much easier if we only have three local authorities we need to consult with, and we will only need to monitor planning applications affecting pubs in those three boroughs. A further benefit is that explaining the area our branch covers is much simpler and no longer involves a massive list of postcodes!
To mark the changes to the branch boundaries we recently enjoyed a joint social with North London Branch in the St John's Wood/Lisson Grove/northern Marylebone area visiting some of the pubs which would transfer from North London branch area to West London. We had a good turnout on the social from both branches.
There is a map giving full details of the pubs which will change branch areas. A simplified description of the main changes affecting our branch is as follows:
- The east of Fitzrovia (in Camden borough) transfers from West London to North London
- The north of WC2 including most of Holborn and the north of Covent Garden (in Camden borough) transfers from West London to North London
- St John's Wood and Lisson Grove (in the City of Westminster) transfers from North London to West London
- Most of Chiswick (in Hounslow borough) transfers from West London to Richmond & Hounslow Branch. The area north of Chiswick Park station (in Ealing borough) however transfers to West Middlesex Branch.
We'll be updating the pub guide section of this site in the near future with the new pubs in our branch area - in the meantime please search WhatPub.com. There is also a map showing the branch pubs.
Many other London branches are also changing their boundaries - for further information please check out this page on the London CAMRA site.