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12 May 2014

Drink in Wilton's Mahogany Bar

The awful photograph below really doesn't do justice to the Mahogany Bar at Wilton's Music Hall, which is a beautiful spot, which we are told was built around 1725 as a public house, making it the oldest remaining part of Wilton's, the world's oldest surviving Grand Music Hall. Wilton's Music Hall is just beginning the latest stage of refurbishments to ensure this beautiful place remains open, so now is a great time to show your support for this amazing place.

In the late 1820s, the pub that had been known as The Albion Saloon and The Prince of Denmark was refurbished with a mahogany bar and fittings, rumoured to be one of the first such refits in London, and leading to the bar being rebranded as "The Mahogany Bar". Such was the recognition of this moniker that when John Wilton bought the building around 1850, in order to expand it to resemble the Music Hall we know today, he kept the name, as did the East London Methodist Mission, who acquired it in 1888 it was renamed The Mahogany Bar Mission.

For more, see http://wiltons.org.uk/text.php?p=532

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