It’s the end of an era for the Press Gallery where the thirsty hacksÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ bar at the end of their corridor in the Commons is being dismantled.
The venue Ã¢â‚¬’ complete with its famous rolls of honour listing the past chairmen (yes, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all men) of the Press Gallery Ã¢â‚¬’ is being turned into new offices.
In a move which has dismayed Ã¢â‚¬Å“Old LobbyÃ¢â‚¬ stalwarts, the bar will reopen after the summer recess in a new location and remodelled as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“French-style brasserieÃ¢â‚¬ serving coffee and soup alongside pints of FosterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and Guinness.
One wag had hoped to buy the entire bar to re-erect it in his living room. Sadly for him, the Commons authorities plan to move the legendary bar Ã¢â‚¬Å“into storageÃ¢â‚¬.
However, at least six Ã¢â‚¬Å“final nightÃ¢â‚¬ dos have been held as hacks attempt to drink the bar dry before the shutters are pulled down for the last time.