The famous pub that was supposed to serve a London mainline terminus (Marylebone) but ended up being nowhere near it, has finally been restored after a long period of uncertainty on its future. Hoardings came down at the end of September revealing a good restoration job.
The pub, sited in Aberdeen Place NW8, was closed around ten years ago and boarded up soon afterwards. Proposals to turn it into a hotel were not realised.
Its lounges with their splendid ceiling decorations have been excellently restored and these can be viewed through the windows, something that was not possible before. Clearly this will make the pub even more of an attraction.
Although Crocker’s Folly is a celebrated canalside pub, the canal itself runs beneath the road in a tunnel – its the fact that it stands on the towpath route between the two portals of Maida Hill tunnel on the Regent’s Canal that has made it a familiar sight to towpath walkers.