It was a pub with a rich Afro-Caribbean heritage from the 1950s, and before that strong connections to the Edwardian music hall, but The Angel on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton has now been lost to the inevitable upmarket housing development.
Bought up by the grasping property empire that is Lexadon, the former pub in a “vibrant location” will be converted into “three mews houses, five high-specification apartments and one commercial space.”
Prices will, no doubt, be far out of reach for most locals.
The old mews have been knocked down (above) and here’s the artist’s impression of what will replace it (below).
The old bar entrance. The saloon bar entrance was to the right on Coldharbour Lane.
The pub was once owned by the late Victorian/early Edwardian music hall performers, The Royal Zanettos.
How the Angel looked in Edwardian days when the Zanettos were in town (you can just see their name above the entrance). See more archive info here.
Work starts on the inevitable mansard-style roof extension.