Geronimo Inns, the pub operator acquired by Young’s late last year, has bought the freehold of the Clarence in London’s Whitehall, from a private investor, for a sum just under £4m. The company, which is led by Rupert and Jo Clevely, had been tenants at the site for around three years and are believed to have beaten off strong competition to acquire what was once a favourite drinking haunt of Sir Winston Churchill. Property advisor AG&G acted on behalf of Geronimo, which also acquired the freehold of the Lion & Unicorn pub in London’s Kentish Town earlier this year. Geronimo, which was acquired by Young’s before Christmas for £60 million, currently operates a further 26 sites across London, plus the Red Barn in Lingfield, Surrey. The managed-house group added the Surprise pub in Chelsea, to its estate in December. The group is set to open the Cow in Stratford Westfield City later this year.