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This interview was first shown at the exhibition of Pubs of East London, my photography series documenting the teams behind some of East London’s best pubs. To see more photos visit my website:
Cool, quirky and hugely popular, the George and Dragon was one of the best gay hangouts in London, attracting everyone from fashion designers and musicians to drag queens and students. Paintings and a zany assortment of treasures hung from the ceiling and lined the walls, including cardboard cutouts of Cher and Elvira, a framed portait of Divine and a mechanical horse head. Like the Joiner’s Arms and The Nelson’s Head before it, the George and Dragon sadly closed its doors for business in 2015, but landlord Richard quickly moved his team and knick-knacks to the equally fabulous Queen Adelaide on Hackney Road. I photographed the team at the George and Dragon before it closed and chatted to Richard about life at the legendary pub.