On the way home from a day out at Richmond on Saturday the 21st of July we walked through Soho and then up Tottenham Court Road. Turning towards home we passed this wonderful pub, The Ship in New Cavendish Street. There has been a pub on this site since the end of the 18th century. So much of London is being developed in such a horrible way and we are losing so many superb buildings, some of which are drinking establishments like The Ship. We should be careful because once gone they won’t be coming back. Pubs are such an integral part of London and English culture. I know that in some cases there are problems with alcoholism but this part of our culture should not be bulldozed and built over but developed.