What a joy to come across, quite by chance, a pub called 'The Temperance'. It's a bit like finding a vegan restaurant called The Steak House - or an old fashioned tea shoppe called The Slug and Lettuce - or a football team called Rugby - or a prime minister called Boris ... OK, I'm getting carried away here.
This once was the Temperance Billiard Hall - at the southern end of Fulham High Street on the junction with New King's Road. It is I assume a distant cousin to the similar institution I once chanced upon on Battersea Rise - but here in Fulham, they have made a virtue of the building's temperance pedigree rather than ignoring it. Class!
The building dates from 1910 - and the company behind these temperance (in other words, determinedly alcohol-free) billiard halls constructed a total of seventeen such premises up and down the country, all within a short burst of activity between 1906 and 1911.
It is now, I'm very pleased to say, Grade 2 listed.
The new usage is, of course, a total subversion of the original intent of the place. But one saving grace, you can still play pool here!
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