Few would argue that it's an ugly building, but The Elephant and Castle Pub dates back more than two centuries.
The old building was demolished in the post war remodelling of the road layout, it didn't diminish the new pubs importance to the community.
The first written record of The Elephant and Castle pub was made in March 1765, exactly 250 years ago. It remained part of this proud south London community until earlier this year, when its licence was revoked after an assault.
Now it faces permanent closure with developers putting forward plans to turn the site into a Foxtons estate agents. Consultants acting for Foxtons have contacted Southwark Council about plans to turn the pub into a new branch.
For those who used to call it their local, the news hasn't gone down well.
The council has today told me, it will do everything in its power to prevent Foxtons from opening a branch in the building, saying:
The truth is though, Foxtons doesn't require planning permission to open a branch.
Under new planning laws, if the pub was to be listed as an "asset of community value", Southwark council could gain powers to refuse the Foxtons planning application. It is unclear whether the pub has 'ACV' status at this stage.
Foxtons remain hopeful, saying this in a statement: