Central to the vision of Consort Place is the idea of creating a truly vibrant destination and inclusive community. Family, friends and individuals alike will be able to come together and enjoy the eclectic oasis and all it has to offer – from its hotel, cafés, shops and community centre to its charming, restored Victorian public house, The North Pole.
After sadly closing in 2014, the 160-year old public house will now re-open it’s iconic green doors at the centre of Consort Place. Set to be the crowning gem of the development, The North Pole dates back to the heyday of the London docks in 1860, and is therefore a living embodiment of the strong, cultural connections to the maritime and mercantile roots of the area. The North Pole is now being restored by Far East Consortium (FEC) to its former glory; it will be everything a neighbourhood local should be, and crucially emphasise the elements of community and local culture that are at the heart of Consort Place.
When trading, The North Pole was amongst the last remaining public houses out of the 43 local pubs once located on the Isle of Dogs. It was considered a rare survivor of island life, and a homely and refreshing sanctuary away from the corporate rush of Canary Wharf. Despite the establishment’s namesake, the pub was known for offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere and was ideal for those seeking something genuine within the busy city.
Consequently, FEC has noted the vital presence of this public house, and how it encompasses the development’s values of connectivity and culture. This refurbishment and protection of the area’s history is also what helps set Aspen at Consort Place apart and shows how this ‘vertical village’ will be a happy and healthy place to live in the Capital.