Greenwich pub scaffolding 'destroyed our weddings'

Simon Edge and Emma Bennett both say their weddings have been ruined

Greenwich pub scaffolding destroyed our weddings

Greenwich pub scaffolding destroyed our weddings

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Engaged couples say a Greenwich pub has "destroyed" their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views.

One bride-to-be told News Shopper she feels the Trafalgar Tavern has "ruined" her special day after she was only told the scaffolding would be up with just five weeks to go.

News Shopper:

Emma Bennett was forced to change venues at the last minute to avoid wedding pictures full of the ugly work which she claims will also "darken" the interior.

The 33-year-old, who lives in Bexleyheath, said: "I am so upset.

"They have ruined it for me. I don’t have any trust, I feel lied to.

"We only booked there because of the views of the Thames so it basically means we would have no decent wedding pictures.

"I am devastated." 

The receptionist says she now faces starting married life with debt after being forced to upgrade to the Royal Naval College for her wedding to Ian Hudson, 37, on August 25.

She claims she was repeatedly told scaffolding, erected in March, would be down in time for her big day.

News Shopper understands there are 13 couples affected in August and the scaffolding is due to remain until December.

The general manager of the tavern, in Park Row, says couples will not receive compensation. 

He claims the venue is the "victim" after landlord Greenwich Hospital insisted on the "emergency works". 

Simon Edge is due to marry partner Ezio Alessandroni on August 20 and said the couple spent a "sleepless night" after finding out about the problem last week by email.

The journalist says he feels they have been treated with "contempt" by the venue, especially when the organisers knew his partner had almost recently died from cancer.

News Shopper:

 

Mr Edge, who lives off Trafalgar Road, said: "They have destroyed our forthcoming wedding day by taking our booking and deposit without telling us that the to-die-for river view we are paying handsomely for will be virtually obliterated on the day by scaffolding.

"My partner very nearly died and is still ill, they knew about that, we do not need this. 

"This is meant to be a warm memorable day, full of heart, unpretentious in a pub.

"I placed trust with my intimate life in people who have just got total contempt for us.

"They are really unscrupulous."

The tavern's general manager, who refused to give his name, said: "I understand their concern. We don’t like to put the scaffolding outside, it is from the landlord. 

"We didn’t know about this emergency work.

"It isn’t going to be dark inside. 

"The building is an old historic one. The view comes extra. 

"There is not going to be any compensation. 

"We are the victim here. We don’t want to lose money."

A spokesman for Greenwich Hopsital said the building was being let to Trafalgar Tavern Lease Limited, which was fully responsible for the repair and condition of the building.

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11:23am Tue 22 Jul 14

Love London Life says...

We want Compo, We want Compo....Make it easier on yourselves....Go to Vegas get married in a chapel and have a party when you return, just not at the TT lol....Job Done xx
We want Compo, We want Compo....Make it easier on yourselves....Go to Vegas get married in a chapel and have a party when you return, just not at the TT lol....Job Done xx Love London Life
  • Score: -13

11:25am Tue 22 Jul 14

Love London Life says...

Forgot to add, thanks for the folding arms look....Newsshopper stance of the 21st Century...Otherwise known as the "I am not happy look"
Forgot to add, thanks for the folding arms look....Newsshopper stance of the 21st Century...Otherwise known as the "I am not happy look" Love London Life
  • Score: 27

11:26am Tue 22 Jul 14

the wall says...

Have a sense of perspective.
Have a sense of perspective. the wall
  • Score: -17

1:05pm Tue 22 Jul 14

brownowl1 says...

Unexpectedly I feel for the couples in this case. It's a grim pub saved only by the poshed up interior and tall windows. Take away the historical facade and the tall windows by covering them over and the couples are paying proper wedding venue prices for being stuck inside a pub all day, albeit with nice tabelcloths. The charm is gone. i can understand their disappointment.
Unexpectedly I feel for the couples in this case. It's a grim pub saved only by the poshed up interior and tall windows. Take away the historical facade and the tall windows by covering them over and the couples are paying proper wedding venue prices for being stuck inside a pub all day, albeit with nice tabelcloths. The charm is gone. i can understand their disappointment. brownowl1
  • Score: 41

1:43pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Rex Munday says...

Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?
Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead? Rex Munday
  • Score: 28

2:21pm Tue 22 Jul 14

the wall says...

Rex Munday wrote:
Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?
Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money?

Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks.

So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted.

O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they.

Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance.
[quote][p][bold]Rex Munday[/bold] wrote: Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?[/p][/quote]Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money? Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks. So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted. O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they. Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance. the wall
  • Score: -24

2:36pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Love London Life says...

the wall wrote:
Rex Munday wrote:
Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?
Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money?

Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks.

So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted.

O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they.

Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance.
Here here.... Country estate of Inner London pub?? Tough choice.

The fella obviously booked the place as he lives round the corner
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rex Munday[/bold] wrote: Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?[/p][/quote]Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money? Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks. So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted. O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they. Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance.[/p][/quote]Here here.... Country estate of Inner London pub?? Tough choice. The fella obviously booked the place as he lives round the corner Love London Life
  • Score: -14

4:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

molsey says...

The nameless pub manager caught telling porkies.
The nameless pub manager caught telling porkies. molsey
  • Score: 28

4:25pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

I hear the Lully in Swanley is available for your dates.

THAnk YOu
I hear the Lully in Swanley is available for your dates. THAnk YOu Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 4

5:07pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Love London Life says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
I hear the Lully in Swanley is available for your dates.

THAnk YOu
great choice and you also get a free barstool with every pint to batter your wife/husband with.

Stay classy ..
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: I hear the Lully in Swanley is available for your dates. THAnk YOu[/p][/quote]great choice and you also get a free barstool with every pint to batter your wife/husband with. Stay classy .. Love London Life
  • Score: 15

1:51pm Wed 23 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

So you had to shell out for a decent venue like everyone else does instead of having a receptoin in a pub! Poor shame. Anyway what's wrong the venues in Bexley!
So you had to shell out for a decent venue like everyone else does instead of having a receptoin in a pub! Poor shame. Anyway what's wrong the venues in Bexley! concerned.erith
  • Score: -11

10:16am Thu 24 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

Go to the Admiral Hardy just around the corner - no scaffold and it's smoking!
Go to the Admiral Hardy just around the corner - no scaffold and it's smoking! concerned.erith
  • Score: 5

10:46am Fri 25 Jul 14

Rex Munday says...

the wall wrote:
Rex Munday wrote:
Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?
Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money?

Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks.

So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted.

O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they.

Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance.
Not your wedding? But you feel at liberty to pass judgement on people who've clearly been wronged.

You're correct that the vows ultimately matter, but if the couple were merely interested in the vows then they'd just get married at the registry office and be done with it. Instead they want to complement the vows with a party to celebrate; a party at a venue that was sold to them at a high price (probably about £4K+ i.e. good money) for the privilege of having their wedding in a nice riverside venue with a nice view.

I've no doubt that they read the T&Cs. The venue has pulled the "emergency" work card but that, I know for a fact, is a blatant deception.

I can guarantee you that there's been some serious lies told about this situation and certain people have attained a benefit through deception. Make of that what you will but this isn't the end of it.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rex Munday[/bold] wrote: Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?[/p][/quote]Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money? Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks. So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted. O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they. Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance.[/p][/quote]Not your wedding? But you feel at liberty to pass judgement on people who've clearly been wronged. You're correct that the vows ultimately matter, but if the couple were merely interested in the vows then they'd just get married at the registry office and be done with it. Instead they want to complement the vows with a party to celebrate; a party at a venue that was sold to them at a high price (probably about £4K+ i.e. good money) for the privilege of having their wedding in a nice riverside venue with a nice view. I've no doubt that they read the T&Cs. The venue has pulled the "emergency" work card but that, I know for a fact, is a blatant deception. I can guarantee you that there's been some serious lies told about this situation and certain people have attained a benefit through deception. Make of that what you will but this isn't the end of it. Rex Munday
  • Score: 12

12:23pm Fri 25 Jul 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Simon, & Emma, should sue the pub tenants in the local Small Claims Court (Woolwich) for breach of contract, the tenants can add the landlords as "Third Party" if they feel that the blame lies with the latter.

It will be up to the Small Claims Court Arbitrator as to whether any damages should be paid, not up to the pub manager.
Simon, & Emma, should sue the pub tenants in the local Small Claims Court (Woolwich) for breach of contract, the tenants can add the landlords as "Third Party" if they feel that the blame lies with the latter. It will be up to the Small Claims Court Arbitrator as to whether any damages should be paid, not up to the pub manager. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 14

2:28pm Fri 25 Jul 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Love London Life wrote:
the wall wrote:
Rex Munday wrote:
Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?
Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money?

Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks.

So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted.

O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they.

Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance.
Here here.... Country estate of Inner London pub?? Tough choice.

The fella obviously booked the place as he lives round the corner
Greenwich is officially an Outer London Borough, part of it's appeal is it's pleasant unique combination of maritime history & the huge park. If we were discussing Newham you may have had a point.
[quote][p][bold]Love London Life[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rex Munday[/bold] wrote: Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?[/p][/quote]Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money? Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks. So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted. O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they. Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance.[/p][/quote]Here here.... Country estate of Inner London pub?? Tough choice. The fella obviously booked the place as he lives round the corner[/p][/quote]Greenwich is officially an Outer London Borough, part of it's appeal is it's pleasant unique combination of maritime history & the huge park. If we were discussing Newham you may have had a point. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 9

3:45pm Fri 25 Jul 14

kentlad says...

With everything else going on in the world these two morons are worried about some stupid scaffolding in their wedding pics - REALLY!!!!!!
With everything else going on in the world these two morons are worried about some stupid scaffolding in their wedding pics - REALLY!!!!!! kentlad
  • Score: -16

4:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

the wall says...

Rex Munday wrote:
the wall wrote:
Rex Munday wrote:
Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?
Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money?

Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks.

So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted.

O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they.

Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance.
Not your wedding? But you feel at liberty to pass judgement on people who've clearly been wronged.

You're correct that the vows ultimately matter, but if the couple were merely interested in the vows then they'd just get married at the registry office and be done with it. Instead they want to complement the vows with a party to celebrate; a party at a venue that was sold to them at a high price (probably about £4K+ i.e. good money) for the privilege of having their wedding in a nice riverside venue with a nice view.

I've no doubt that they read the T&Cs. The venue has pulled the "emergency" work card but that, I know for a fact, is a blatant deception.

I can guarantee you that there's been some serious lies told about this situation and certain people have attained a benefit through deception. Make of that what you will but this isn't the end of it.
Welcome to the interweb can I just ask have you just landed on this planet?
[quote][p][bold]Rex Munday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rex Munday[/bold] wrote: Have a sense of perspective? They paid good money for a venue with particular trappings, including the view. If it's not an issue then why don't you trump up the cash instead?[/p][/quote]Not my wedding, and as it's your idea you cough up the money? Shirley what really matters are the vows that are taken on that day and not some old pub. With terms like "ruined her special day" and" destroyed their upcoming wedding days because ugly scaffolding has wrecked the "to-die-for" river views. What a load of rollocks. So they have paid "good" money (what is good money?) then they should have read the T and Cs. A fool and their money are easily parted. O yeah the views of East London housing estates and industrial units are to die for aren't they. Have a sense of perspective - Judging issues in your life by relative importance.[/p][/quote]Not your wedding? But you feel at liberty to pass judgement on people who've clearly been wronged. You're correct that the vows ultimately matter, but if the couple were merely interested in the vows then they'd just get married at the registry office and be done with it. Instead they want to complement the vows with a party to celebrate; a party at a venue that was sold to them at a high price (probably about £4K+ i.e. good money) for the privilege of having their wedding in a nice riverside venue with a nice view. I've no doubt that they read the T&Cs. The venue has pulled the "emergency" work card but that, I know for a fact, is a blatant deception. I can guarantee you that there's been some serious lies told about this situation and certain people have attained a benefit through deception. Make of that what you will but this isn't the end of it.[/p][/quote]Welcome to the interweb can I just ask have you just landed on this planet? the wall
  • Score: -12

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