The Frog & Radiator/ Ship &Billet

Matt from Londonist asks:

“Is the Frog & Radiator still there? Not the best pub ever – but what a name.”

As the splendid name, no, but that’s not such a bad thing. It had been pretty grotty for some time. It went through a rather schizophrenic period a year or so ago where it couldn’t decide who it was anymore. It suddenly closed down overnight – the circumstances looked a bit iffy if you ask me, but I don’t know any details.

Next thing we knew it had re-opened, half done-up. That strange Frog and Radiator sign was still there, as was the name above the pub, but it had that frosted-glass effect on the windows which clearly called itself the Ship & Billet (does anyone know if this is the pub’s original name?) It stayed like this for months before finally getting the rest of its revamp and finally got a ‘proper’ sign with a nice ship on it.

I have to say that it does look pretty smart now, though as all owners of pubs will know, they don’t get to choose their clientele and smart though it may look, you see the same regulars as ever going in. On Saturday nights they have discos, with bouncers outside and I have seen posters for live music which is NEVER a bad thing, but I haven’t actually been to any.

But I’ll give them this. It looks great from the outside in a street that needs all the help it can get.

BTW the sister pub in Deptford, The Frog and Nightgown, also seems to have bitten the dust some time ago.


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