Nearly half the pubs and bars in Hounslow have closed down over the last 15 years.

Punters will be sad to learn from a high of 130 public houses in 2001, there has been a rapid decline of 42% to just 75 in 2016.

In line with this, employment in the area has also dropped significantly in boozers with a 46% drop in the number of employees from 1,300 to 700.

The Duke of Wellington, in Staines Road, Hounslow, is now a Sainsbury's Local

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Overall figures from the Office for National Statistics show in west London the numbers of pubs and bars have fallen by up to two-fifths since 2001.

Patterns were similar in Brent , down 38% from 120 to 75, Hillingdon , down 33% from 135 to 90, and Ealing , down 31% from 145 to 100.

Hammersmith and Fulham and Harrow have both seen numbers drop by around a quarter over the period, from 145 to 105, and from 75 to 55 respectively.

Meanwhile the falls were smaller in Westminster , down 15% from 515 to 440, and a 14% decrease from 140 to 120 in Kensington and Chelsea.

However, both areas saw employment figures in the industry rise by a nearly a quarter.

In Westminster from 5,300 employees in 2001 to 6,600 in 2016, and up 23% in Kensington and Chelsea from 1,300 to 1,600.

The largest number of pubs and bars can be found in the City of London with 150, followed by Fitzrovia and Soho, 140, then Leicester Square and Covent Garden, 100.

Across London, the number of pubs and bars has dropped by a quarter since 2001, from 4,835 in 2001, rounded to the nearest five, falling to 3,615 in 2016.

The figures exclude workplaces with zero employment.

In contrast, the number of people employed in pubs and bars has risen by 9% since 2001, from 42,600 to 46,300.

Hackney in east London is the only borough with more pubs and bars in 2016 than in 2010, 160 compared to 155, with employment figures also more than doubled from 700 to 1,900.

The Walkabout in Shepherd's Bush before it closed

Areas which have seen the biggest declines, with number of watering holes more than halving over the period, include Newham from 105 to 50 and Barking and Dagenham from 45 to 20 with employment down from 500 to 200 for the latter.

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