The London Metropolitan Archives have become the depository for many defunct businesses and organizations.
ADHS members may be interested in the records of the brewers Whitbread, 1742-2000, Watney Mann, 1712-1968, and Courage, 1801?-1983, which include those for predecessor brewers.
Temperance historians may be interested in the records of the National Temperance Federation (founded 1883) which once had over 100 affiliated societies. Unfortunately, the records are for a period past the Federation’s prime (1919-1986).
Here in greater detail is information about organizations of drink retailers.
National Licensed Victuallers’ Association and Predecessors (reference code ACC/3122) for the years 1833-1992.
The National Licensed Victuallers Association was formed from the merger of a number of smaller bodies, such as the National Union of Licensed Victuallers (which itself was formed from the union of the Licensed Victuallers Central Protection Society of London and the Licensed Victuallers Defence League)
Records of the National Licensed Victuallers Association including administrative papers; minutes; papers regarding banquets and official dinners; annual reports; publications; badges and banners.
Other records include papers and publications of related organisations including the Licensed Victuallers Central Protection Society of London; the London and Home Counties Licensed Victuallers League; Licensed Victuallers Defence League; National Union of Licensed Victuallers; Women’s Auxiliary League (Licensed Trade) and the National Committee for the Protection of Tenant Licensees.