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London Pub Much-Loved By Aussies Burns Down


London Pub Much-Loved By Aussies Burns Down

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Current and former Australian expats in London are raising their glass to a much-loved pub destroyed by fire.

Hundreds of people were evacuated when flames tore through the Aeronaut pub in Acton, formerly Redback Tavern and The Gin Palace, just minutes after midnight on New Year's Day.


No one was injured despite the blaze gutting the west London watering hole in seconds.

"As you might have heard our New Year has started in a very upsetting way, but we're also counting our blessings," a statement on the pub's website reads.

"The building we love so much has been extinguished by the incredible firemen who acted so quickly.

"At this point we don't really know how bad that damage is, but for the moment we're concentrating on people."

Londoner Andrew Allan posted a live video to Facebook of the three-storey building as it went up in smoke.

"No Way!!?? My heart is breaking!!!" Brisbane woman Rosey Hill said.

Sydneysider Nick Greally said: "All my (limited) memories burnt down."

The pub had been a popular haunt among Aussie and Kiwi revellers for decades, renowned for its karaoke nights and cheap snakebite drinks.

It was also a much-adored band venue, with UK musician Matt Blair tweeting he was "shocked and sad" after being rescued from the roof of the building having performed there earlier that evening.

"RIP Redback Tavern. I feel the need for a snakebite to commiserate," Queenslander Martin Brears said.

"I know it's stupid being sad about a pub burning down, but there were SO MANY MEMORIES in this place," Rachel Murphy said from Sydney.