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The 'real-life' Eastenders pub is set to be converted into flats. The College Park pub in Willesden, north west London was the model for the BBC soap opera's famous Queen Victoria after it caught the eye of set designer, Keith Harris, as he drove past on his way to work. The only major difference between the real and fictional boozer is caused by the Eastenders' set budget not allowing a third floor to be built in Walford. Acton Housing Association has bought the now-decaying property and is investing £1.5M to create 10 one-bedroom apartments. It is also building five three-bedroom houses in the garden, one of which will be totally wheelchair accessible. The transformation will be complete by November.

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