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Since 1848

Our History

Built in 1848, The Widow’s Son is a historic grade II listed boutique pub in Bow, East London with beautiful original features and a modern twist revealing its heritage.
History

Delicious history
since 1848

Every year on Good Friday, the tradition of the Widow's Buns is celebrated. The legend is that the old widow's only son left to go to sea, possibly during the Napoleonic Wars, and wrote to her explaining that he would be returning home at Easter and to have a nice hot cross bun waiting for him.] He never returned, but his mother continued to keep a fresh hot cross bun every Good Friday for the rest of her life. After her death, a huge collection of hot cross buns was discovered in a net hanging from the ceiling of her cottage.

1848
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The Bun House was established .

This pub was established in 1848 and is often better known by its unofficial name, ‘The Bun House’.

1958
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Alan Beckett places the bun

Alan Beckett places the bun on Good Friday, 4th April 1958.

1974
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Grade II listed in 1974

The building dates from 1848 and was Grade II listed in 1974 on account of it’s heritage.

2012
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The Bun House was sold .

In March 2012, The Bun Bouse was sold to who may close the pub and redevelop the site.

2013
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The Planning Permission was refused

In May 2013, planning permission for the "development of a second floor 5x bedroom flat above existing Grade II Listed Widows Son Public House" was refused.

2016
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New plans were submitted

In 2016, new plans were submitted – not to redevelop the pub itself, but to erect terraced houses in the space presently used as the pub car-park and beer garden.

2017
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Reopened early in 2017.

The pub was closed for a year and reopened early in 2017.

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