1. ITV Report

Two London pubs get same listed status as Buckingham Palace

Two London pubs boast the same rare listed status as Buckingham Palace.

The Coach and Horse in Soho

The Hand and Shears in the Smithfield and the Coach and Horses in Soho both had their Grade II listings updated to be given Grade I listed status.

Interior of the coach and horse in Soho

The Coach and Horses is famously associated with a regular cast of prominent writers, artists, musicians and actors including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Peter O’Toole and John Hurt.

The Hand and Shears in Smithfield
  • Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest, only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I
  • Grade II* buildings are particularly important buildings of more than special interest; 5.8% of listed buildings are Grade II*
  • Grade II buildings are of special interest; 91.7% of all listed buildings are in this class and it is the most likely grade of listing for a home owner.

Source: Historic England

The general principles are that all buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition are likely to be listed, as are most buildings built between 1700 and 1850.

Particularly careful selection is required for buildings from the period after 1945.

Buildings less than 30 years old are not normally considered to be of special architectural or historic interest because they have yet to stand the test of time.

– Historic England