Future of Thomas a Becket pub

Just over a year after Frank Bruno cut the ribbon to start the Rock Island restaurant in the Thomas a Becket at Old Kent Road, the place was repossessed, setting the future of this historical bar back in uncertainty.

The bar, whose current building dates from 1898 but includes a far longer legacy, is well known for hyperlinks into the boxing world and also conveys a blue plaque to indicate its relation to the late Henry Cooper. David Bowie rehearsed at a room over the bar in the 1970s.

Three decades ago the building was recorded as an'advantage of community worth' beneath the Localism Act following a campaign by the Walworth Society, motivated by information that the bar had been up for sale .

The place's prospects appeared to be advancing when Frank Bruno and also the Mayor of Southwark conducted the opening ceremony for its new Rock Island grill on Valentine's Day 2017.

On the other hand, the bar is once more shut, with all bailiffs having repossessed the distance a month.