London: Oldest Gay Venue RVT Gets Listed Status

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been granted listed status, now a community group is trying to raise money to buy the iconic venue back off the property developers.

Campaigners are now facing the task of raising enough money to buy the Royal Vauxhall Tavern off Austrian property company Immovate, after Historic England granted the building listed status, meaning there will be restrictions on how the space and building can be modified.

However the current leaseholder and CEO, James Lindsay, has stated in an interview with Boyz that “RVT is not for sale” and has no intention of handing the RVT over to anyone.

A number of LGBT venues have closed in 2015 and since the year 2000 an investigation by THEGAYUK had found that over 86 gay pubs and bars have been shuttered.

Earlier in 2015 another of London’s iconic venues The Black Cap was closed.

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A spokesperson for the owner of the property Immovate refused to comment on future plans for the building.

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The owners have been steadfastly silent about their plans with the community, despite numerous calls for a conversation.

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