On with her head: developer pledges to save sign at Queen Liz pub of EastEnders fame

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Sign above the entrance to the Dalston pub that became the Queen Vic

UPDATE 050517: See Queen Bess restored to the bar 

THIS PORTRAIT of Queen Elizabeth that until recently hung outside the decommissioned pub in Graham Road, London E8, immortalised as the model for the Queen Vic in BBC1’s EastEnders, is being saved.

Loving Dalston has spoken to the project manager working in the grounds of the pub, which has been converted to flats, and he intends to have the sign restored once he has found a restorer. He then proposes to rehang the sign.

Some signwriters’ contact details have been sent to him. Loving Dalston will report on the progress of the restoration.

The portrait had been lying, exposed to the weather, in the former garden of the pub, which is now the site of two detached houses approaching completion. Built in London-stock brick, the houses are for sale at about £650,000 each.

The government’s capital gains tax rise is panicking second-home owners and likely to result in a glut of property on the market, so this is a good time to be a buyer.

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5 thoughts on “On with her head: developer pledges to save sign at Queen Liz pub of EastEnders fame

  1. Wish I’d known about the pub sign, lying there out back on the building site. Had I known, I’d have legged it up to Dalston pretty snell and rescued Old Bess!

    The QE was my great grandfather’s last pub.


    The developer never did tell me what eventually happened to the sign, and doorknocking at the site got me nowhere. Perhaps you should try the same, perhaps buy the sign for a modest sum.

    I love the “snell”, incidentally. Cockney via Yiddish? – Editor

  2. Didn’t we all? When last we spoke years ago, Mr M gave as reasons for closing his weariness of being robbed, despite his large furry alsatian. Another pub, another offie lost to the property market and the garden grab.

  3. preferred the sign pre-restoration (and the pub pre-conversion to flats and Mr Moynihan’s off licence pre-new detached houses to be honest)

  4. Sorry, 20goto10, an error in my last posting omitted that crucial detail. Now corrected.

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