After serving the LGBT community for 30 years, staff at The Richmond Arms will pull the last pint at the end of April.

 

 

The Richmond Arms in London will join the ever growing list of over 100 gay pubs that have closed in London since the turn of the century. 

Taking to the Pub’s facebook page, managers wrote that they had made the decision to close for good with a ‘heavy heart.’

“To all our dearest customers, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that we will be closing our doors for good on Saturday 23rd of April 2016.”

The pub’s management said the closure was happening because the landlord has chosen not to renew the lease.

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“Unfortunately this has not happened due to the landlord not willing to extent the lease, so the Richmond Arms will close and not re-open in any form.”

“This place is so close to many of us, we have laughed and cried here together for over 30 years. We will all miss this wonderful place in a different way.”

The Richmond Arms is just another casualty of London’s gay scene, which has lost a number of high profile venues in the last couple of years, including The Black Cap, The Joiner’s Arms and at least one of the Chariots’ saunas.

The Black Cap is due to reopen in the near future, under a different name and new management. Campaigners are hoping the new owners will listen to community calls to keep the venue an LGBT space and keep the old name.