The Ivy House Pub, Nunhead
Restoration of the 1930s laylights
Built to the south of Peckham Rye in the 1930s, The Ivy House was originally called the Newlands Tavern and was designed by the in-house Truman Brewery architect, AE Sewell. The pub had a Refectory and Ballroom and encouraged families to visit. The Ivy House retains nearly all of its 1930s detailing, as well as neo-Classical and neo-Tudor features common to pubs of this time. The Ivy House was originally next to a row of shops but these were destroyed by a V1 flying-bomb in July 1944. During the 1970s the pub hosted popular rock names including Joe Strummer, Ian Drury and Dr Feelgood. The 1930s coloured laylights in the Refectory and Ballroom were designed to bring light and air into the rear rooms of the pub, but were blocked in the latter half of the 20th century, probably for acoustic reasons. The Ivy House became London's first co-operatively owned pub in 2012. The restoration of the laylights took place during 2019.