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Future of renowned Dagenham pub the Roundhouse in doubt

PUBLISHED: 12:08 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 16 July 2015

The Roundhouse, Dagenham

The Roundhouse, Dagenham

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An iconic pub that once hosted some of the biggest names in rock could be set to close.

Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Queen all played at the Roundhouse in Dagenham, but now the company that owns it has said it is “currently reviewing options” for the pub.

Enterprise Inns said the present publican’s lease is set to expire shortly – and offered no assurances the venue would remain open.

The pub company, which owns more than 5,000 watering holes across the country, does not list the Roundhouse, on Lodge Avenue, in its online database of venues – casting doubt over its future.

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the pub – then known as the Village Blues Club – was recognised as one of the best rock venues in London.

It attracted the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Status Quo, The Velvet Underground, Thin Lizzy and Genesis.

The pub, built in 1936, is also noted for its architecture, and the Campaign for Real Ale classes its interior as “historic” and of “regional importance”.

In June its role in London’s rock history was celebrated with the Roundhouse Music Festival in Dagenham’s Central Park, at which Queen tribute act Freddie and the Mercurys headlined.

But the Roundhouse has also made the news for less glamorous reasons recently, including when a man was bottled in the face outside the pub last year.

Do you have any memories of the Roundhouse that you would like to share, or do you know anything about its future? If you do, call 020 8477 3789 or email iain.burns@archant.co.uk

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