Admiral takes helm of oddly-titled pub

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A pub that's reputed to have "one of the quirkiest names in London" has just been sold. The Simon the Tanner of Joppa on Long Lane in Bermondsey,...

A pub that's reputed to have "one of the quirkiest names in London" has just been sold.

The Simon the Tanner of Joppa on Long Lane in Bermondsey, south London, was snapped up by Admiral Taverns.

Selling agents AG&G, which acted on behalf of Shepherd Neame, sold the vacant freehold for in excess of the asking price of £625,000.

Anthony Alder, of AG&G, said of the name: "Situated in the heart of the old tanning industry in Bermondsey, Simon the Tanner of Joppa is a Biblical figure made famous when Peter had a vision while staying at his house."

He added: "But the Bible does not mention whether Simon and Peter had been drinking at this public house beforehand!"

The Grade II-listed building is over three floors and on the ground floor is an open-plan bar with a kitchen to the rear.

On the first floor is a function room, kitchen and a bathroom and on the second floor there are three bedrooms.

"Bermondsey continues to experience phenomenal change with a growing number of new bars, clubs and retailers," said Alder

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