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This comment was received on the website from Jack, the new General Manager!



Please join us for pre-opening punch & snacks at the
World Peace Garden.

Thursday 16th July, 4-7pm.

The Magdala Tavern is nearly ready to open, but as we creep towards completing
the refurbishment we wanted to invite all South Hill Park, Parliament Hill,
Tanza Road, Nassington Road residents & friends of pub to join us for a drink in the
Peace Garden opposite the pub.

There’ll be fruit punch (we have the upmost respect for the Peace Garden’s
no-booze rules!), some snacks & a big hello from the team at The Magdala Tavern.
We look forward to meeting our neighbours!

No need to RSVP, please just pop by & we hope to meet you next week.

Best wishes

Jack, General Manager, The Magdala Tavern

We have heard that, all being well:

The Magdala is now scheduled to open in mid-June of this year

There is a new holding website – a sneak preview of things to come – where you can sign up to receive information on the opening!

Here’s looking forward to sunny June!

The new plans work for us!

The Friends of the Magdala are very pleased to say that we have seen the new architectural plans for the Magdala and think that they fit in very well with the needs of future customers. The ground floor will remain very much as it was – with a small rear extension to the saloon bar, while there will be a separate staircase to the function room on the first floor. The saloon bar panelling will remain in place. The only loss is that the outside ‘garden’ space on the left hand side of the building will be smaller owing to a new pathway to allow access to the rear entrance of the upstairs flats. We are therefore minded to withdraw our objections to the development and to notify Camden Council of our position.

Subject to general agreement, it appears that the new opening date will be April 1st 2015.

We would be very interested to hear any comments on this new situation – so please post some!

Revised estimate for the opening

There has been an update from David Kitchen of SEGA  who met Jonathan Perritt in the Stag. Jonathan, who will be running the Magadala, expects another six weeks before the opening, due to delays with the planning application.

Even given the slip in the initial opening date this this sounds positive news for the beginning of 2015; perhaps Jonathan will be wanting to start planning an inaugural party!!!

A Planning Application has been lodged with Camden Council.

Proposal: Partial demolition of existing ground floor extension and replacement with new single storey extension occupying the same footprint. New mansard roof extension on the top floor.
 New residential accommodation (two 2-bedroom flats) on the top floors accessed via communal staircase with the new entrance door to the rear of the building. New rear stepped garden and pathway accessed via secured entrance gate to the side of the building.
To read the proposal in full, or to comment, visit Camden Planning Search and use Application Number 2014/6588/P to search.
We will be trying to establish more detail of what is being proposed, but that does not require planning permission, and will post again in due course.


The Magdala is to re-open!

Good news!  We are seeking more details, but a notice has been published on the door of the Mag as follows:


September 2014

Perritt and Perritt, owners and operators of the Stag just around the corner in Fleet Road and the Mall Tavern in Notting Hill Gate are excited to confirm the recent acquisition of this beautiful pub.

The pub is now closed and will be refurbished over the next few months.

We will re-open the pub in January 2015 and look forward to welcoming you back then.

In the meantime please come to see us at the Stag for Best Friend Tuesday, cracking Sunday roasts, private suppers in our party room, great drinks and all sorts of other good stuff

To keep up with the opening please contact us at and we will add you to our e-mail newsletters.

Jonathon Perritt        Andy Perritt

The Mag is now closed…

As predicted, the Magdala Tavern closed for business on the weekend of September 6/7. It was a glorious farewell to a wonderful pub.
Friday night saw the renowned impressionist Jon Culshaw hosting the ‘very, very, very’ last comedy show at the Mag. Saturday was the last public night and packed with the regulars giving the tavern a rousing adieu.
Sunday was a particularly heartening and poignant night, as the landlady Christiane hosted her goodbye party. After a vote of thanks speech by our favorite orchestral conductor George Vass (formerly director of the Hampstead and Highgate Festival, now director of the Presteigne Festival), Christiane gave a superb speech, both funny and moving, concerning her sixteen years as the guiding force of the pub, and the contribution made, of course, by Alex, and by her bar staff across the years, most recently Ricky, Natalia, and Adam. (Incidentally we wish Ricky and Natalia best wishes for their marriage).
The evening ended with a glittering array of talent performing in the saloon bar. The veteran jazz pianist John Southgate (who has generously shared his talent with us over hundreds of nights) ; the multi-talented singer-actor-musician Andrew Hobday on great form; Jon Culshaw’s splendid poem to the Magdala (and his conjuring of Boris Johnson’s alter ego here for the beer); the great jazz piano of John Croucher (accompanied by Rigsby the Singing Dog); the beautiful voice of Maya Berlec singing ‘Cry Me A River’; and the simply breath-taking violin and piano performance of Bernd Gradwohl created a genuinely unforgettable night.
So, farewell!
The future is still in the balance. We have approached the new owner by letter inviting him to contribute his input to the website; however, as yet, we have received no reply.
The main development is that Camden Council have added the Magdala to the list of Assets of Community Value under the Localism Act and have published the fact on the Camden Council Website, where there is also an outline of what this means for the future.
Please keep visiting the website for news, and please encourage others to sign up for the newsletter, and please use the Social Media buttons to share the information; the word gets out quickly if it is spread through your Facebook friends.
If he wishes it, we remain determined to offer the new owner our genuine support in creating another great chapter in the life of the Magdala.