Coffee Shops Are Replacing Pubs At A Scary Rate, New Data Reveals

The latest on the gentrification of a once proud drinking nation

US '90s sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld could be responsible for the rise in coffee shops in the UK - and the decline of the great British pub.

The BBC has analysed Local Data Company figures and found that the number of pubs, bars and nightclubs has fallen by around 2,000 in the last five years.

During the same period, cafes and restaurants have increased by 6,000 in England, Wales and Scotland - though there are still fewer coffee shops than pubs in town centres.

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Greater London showed a decrease in leisure businesses, while West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber and Wales displayed the highest growth with a boom in lounge bars, juice bars and coffee shops.

The biggest falls were in comedy clubs, internet cafes, snooker and bingo halls,and fast food delivery places, the BBC revealed. The latter could be explained by the popularity of Deliveroo in the capital.

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Professor Jonathan Morris suggested that the popularity in coffee shops began in 1990s when US shows Friends and Seinfeld were huge hits. The way people socialise nowadays is also responsible, which could be down to to longer commutes and working hours.

"People socialise during the day or after work rather than evenings now. To halt the decline, pubs needs to develop their daytime offer," he said (via the BBC).

Professor Ken Roberts added that the demographic of people going out has changed, saying: "The growth in young single people who are postponing the age of marriage and motherhood; a rise in students and older, retired people, are driving the change."