Thatcher funeral: London pubs toast former PM

By Jordan Chamberlain

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Pubs along the route of Margaret Thatcher's funeral raised a glass to the former Prime Minister yesterday.

Murmurings of potential unrest were unfounded as hundreds lined the streets.

The Tipperary on Fleet Street, opened its doors at 7am, four hours earlier than usual in respect of Lady Thatcher. Steve Rowlands, landlord said: “The event was absolutely first class. We very busy, and people have remained into the afternoon to pay their respects.

“There wasn’t a lot of trouble. ”

The Punch Tavern on Fleet Street offered punters a complementary Bell’s whisky, said to be a favourite of Margaret Thatcher.

The pub also tweeted a picture of streets lined with people watching the procession outside their front door, along with the message: “RIP Lady Thatcher”

Alasdair Wilson, deputy manager of the Red Lion in Westminster  said: “Everyone was very respectful. There wasn’t any trouble at all. We are very Government orientated, so from a business point of view, we’re glad there was no trouble.”

Michelle Antonoff assistant manager at the Clarence in Whitehall was surprised the atmosphere was as quiet as it was, and confirmed there was no trouble at her venue.  

“There were police everywhere, but it was actually nowhere near as busy as we expected, on the streets, or in the pub,” she said.  

“We were expecting a lot more customers."

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