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The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is a battle for the soul of London

It’s one pub among thousands – but one at the centre of a community, and of stories told from generation to generation

29 August 2015

9:00 AM

29 August 2015

9:00 AM

Lant Street would be easy to miss, if you weren’t looking for it. Charles Dickens lodged on Lant Street as a child, during his father’s stay in Marshalsea debtors’ prison nearby. The Gladstone Arms is about halfway down, doors open to the narrow street on a warm afternoon in August.

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Peter Oborne is an associate editor of The Spectator.

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