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Lead or Rumour info - Hand & Racquet, Leicester Sq

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Apollo, Jan 9, 2014.

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    The Victorian Society: "A hotel group has applied to Westminster City Council to demolish a substantial block of 19th and 20th century buildings standing on the south west side of Leicester Sq and replace it with a huge hotel and cinema complex.

    "The plans involve the demolition of a handsome 1865 Victorian London pub, the ‘Hand & Racquet’ on the corner of Whitcomb and Orange St. The name refers to the tennis court and national headquarters of the game which had been located across the street until 1866. A plaque, now removed, on the pub recorded its more recent history as a haunt of comedians Tony Hancock, Sid James and Tommy Cooper.

    "Also to be demolished are Broadmead House, an elegant Queen Anne-style building with gentle bows just along from the Odeon West End on Leicester Sq and Westcombe House on Whitcomb St, a fine Edwardian building."

    The Victorian Society's article is dated September last year, but the council's website shows no recent planning applications for the Odeon, Westcombe House or the 'Hand and Racquet'. English Heritage, the Ancient Monuments Society, the Twentieth Century Society and the Cinema Theatres Association all also objected, and the Greater London Authority raised "serious" strategic concerns, so it may well be that the plans were shelved.

    The buildings, however, remain vacant. Access is likely tough, but from some of the how-on-earth-did-they-get-in-there reports on here, somebody may just do it.
     

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    The plans were last night given the go-ahead by Westminster City Council.
     
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    This one is still awaiting its fate...
     
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