The George, on Great Portland Street, W1, is boarded up.
Developers Regent Direct, part of the Crown Estate, have ownership of both the pub, at number 55, and the next-door building number 57, and plan to knock them together, to create a larger pub/restaurant on the ground and first floors, and three posh flats upstairs (which will probably pay for the whole thing). Planning permission was granted back in February.
'The public and heritage benefits of the proposals include the significant improvement of the
appearance and condition of the exterior and interior of the listed building'.