The Londoner

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The Londoner become Lipstick before it closed down and was demolished. It was at the junction of East India Dock Road with Burdett Road, Commercial Road, and West India Dock Rock.

It built as The Eastern Hotel and "owned by Truman, Hanbury, Buxton, a local brewer in Brick Lane"

It advertised itself in the 1900s as "serving lunches from 12-4pm, with spacious billiard saloons, splendid clubrooms for private functions and spacious bedroom accommodation".

Here is an extract from "Blackwall, Final report, June 2003" by "Leaside Regeneration Ltd"

Western gateway

The site of "The Londoner"
The prominent site at the junction of West India Dock Road and East India Dock Road (known as "The Londoner" or the "Lipstick" site) has the potential to act as an attractive gateway to Blackwall. The site has been vacant for a number of years, despite planning permission being granted in December 1997 for the erection of a five storey building comprising retail/gallery uses on the ground floor with live/work studios above. An application was made in December 2002 for the extension of the period of implementation for a further three years. The redevelopment of this site should be sought as a matter of priority, with a scheme of the highest design quality essential for such a prominent site. Two crucial elements of a good design for this site will be an active ground floor frontage and a building which 'turns the corner' without any blank facades on to the main roads.