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Royal Pavilion Hotel

An Introduction to the Royal Pavilion Hotel

Royal Pavilion, viewed from Pier Road, pre-2000, taken by Graeme Fox [].

The Royal Pavilion Hotel was built to serve railway and steamship travellers heading up to London. The hotel’s proprietor also built the Royal Pavilion Pleasure Gardens which existed from 1851 to 1890. The hotel was the only local riverside pub with a sun terrace, and was a popular stopping-off place for the Sun tugs.

It also had a giant COURAGE sign that lit up at night and was visible from the far side of the river. The sign is visible in the film 'A Prayer for the Dying' (1987) captured on Reelstreets (Cap 27-29) at this link

Though the hotel closed and was demolished in 2003, the Gardens still exist today as the Royal Victoria Gardens.


The area appears briefly in the background of the film "Four in the Morning" as the young couple take the ferry across the river. You can see the moment at 54 minutes and 45 seconds at this link

To view the information about the Gardens on London Gardens Online, click this link.

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