After extensive research on this nomination I can give it my whole hearted backing:UNESCO World Heritage status for the London pub
This is where I originally saw it in Time Out
which comes with a handy guide to London's top 50 pubs
to give an idea of what is being put forward.
I'm taking the whole thing with a large pinch of salt, but it did get me thinking.
I know this is probably more of a class project/ marketing opportunity for the Uni. In real terms the pubs are privately owned and the UK tentative list has only recently been redrafted so it isn't really a starter but I think there could be something there in terms of the Intangible Heritage list, in the same way as Viennese Coffee houses
or even that peculiarly French creation eating
In terms of the World Heritage List proper what would stop them from being included? 2012 saw the addition of Swedish farming houses listed because
"They reflect the prosperity of independent farmers who in the 19th century used their wealth to build substantial new homes with elaborately decorated ancillary houses or suites of rooms reserved for festivities"
When that is the threshold, what stops something like a selection of pubs from being added to the list proper?
Whilst it may be a stretch to call some of the interiors masterpieces there are many that have fine decoration: 1 2 3 4 5
If they are not suitable for criteria 1 they ceratbinly could be like the Swedish farms and be regarded as outstanding example of a traditional human settlement.
Many are directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. : 1 2 3
exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time.
My tongue is a little in my cheek and I have twisted the criteria a little, but still I think there is something there.