The number of pubs operating in north-west London is on the rise, according to recent statistics.

Harrow and Brent both had an increase in the number of pubs between 2017 and 2018 according to research compiled by the Greater London Authority.

They were two of 11 London boroughs to experience a growth in pub numbers as figures across the capital remained “stable”.

In Harrow there were 50 pubs operating in the borough in March 2018, which represented an increase of five from the year before.

Neighbouring Brent also saw an increase of five pubs, jumping to 75 at the time the figures were noted.

Cllr Shama Tatler, responsible for regeneration, property and planning at Brent Council, said: “Pubs play an important role in our community as meeting places and in their cultural contribution to the borough, which is why we have planning policies in place to protect them.

“The trend in many places over recent years has shown a year-on-year decline in the number of pubs, so to hear that Brent has bucked this trend is great news.”

In June, Brent Council’s planning committee voted against plans to demolish the 19th-century pub ‘The Queensbury’ and replace it with a more modern building and new homes.

Campaigners have been fighting against developers’ attempts to transform the pub and believe more applications will be put forward in the future.

Pubs in London have been closing at an alarming rate and the number of open establishments has dropped by more than a quarter since 2001.

While 11 boroughs saw an increase as part of this latest research, 13 boroughs witnessed a decline and nine saw no changes.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “Sadly [pub] numbers have been falling for decades, which is why I’ve been doing all I can to support the trade and turn this tide of closures.

“I’m encouraged by these results, but with pressure from rates, rent and development, it’s crucial that the Government and local authorities give them their full support too.”