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Brixton landmarks: the Brady’s clock tower, Atlantic Road. Brixton, London SW9

With its south facing hands seemingly doomed to display eighteen minutes to one forever, the clock on top of the old Brady’s public house on Atlantic Road, Brixton continues to stand idle, its internal mechanism disappeared.

Once a big part of the Brixton community, the 1880 pub – originally called The Railway Hotel – closed down over a decade ago.

After a brief spell as a squatted pub and community space, this grand old Victorian boozer remained empty for many years, with the beautiful clock tower attracting regular ‘repaintings’ by hopeless graffiti ‘artists’.

When an ambitious local plan to reopen the building for community use unravelled in 2011, the building was sold off to Mayfair-based ‘property consultants’ in November last year.

Nothing much seems to have happened since, although ‘Office to let’ and ‘Restaurant/Retail unit to let’ signs adorned the building for a while last year.

Find out more about this beautiful six-sided clock tower here: Brady’s six-sided clock tower, Brixton and Annie Allen and read about the history of the pub here.

More info: read this long discussion (500+ posts) about the plans that have come and gone for Brady’s.