The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is the latest venue to have an uncertain future as the property’s new owners refuse to confirm their plans for the the tavern. However, some of London’s stars have launched a bid to save the historic venue and safeguard it’s future.
The stars of Duckie, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern’s weekly crowd puller, and the legendary David Hoyle are among the stars leading the new campaign alongside Rob Holley who run’s the venue’s Push the Button night.
The campaign comes shortly after the shocking close of renowned London venue The Black Cap in Camden, which closed its doors without notice on Sunday. It also follows continuing evasiveness from Immovate, the Australian company which currently owns the venue, and who refuse to comment on the bar’s long term future.
The campaign, known as RVT Future, is the latest and perhaps the most high profile campaign to save and preserve well known London LGBT venues. Its aims are to make the Royal Vauxhall Tavern a ‘listed building’ which wold prevent signigicant redevelopment, and to ensure the long term future of the Tavern by either working with the new owners or securing the venue in community ownership.
Stephen Beresford, writer of the film Pride in which the Royal Vauxhall Tavern is featured, commented:
‘The RVT is so much more than just a bar. As Pride shows, it has a special role in LGBTQ history and London life; a unique place where different communities can come together.
‘The RVT has always stood out as embodying the true spirit of the LGBTQ movement and it would be a real shame if it lost touch with that heritage. I support the campaign and wish it all the best.’
Rob Holley who runs the Push the Button night said:
‘The RVT has a very special place in the hearts of the LGBTQ community. For decades its anarchic and colourful nights have brought much needed character to the scene. London life would simply be far poorer without it.’
Co-Founder of Ducky, Amy Lame, also added her voice by saying:
‘This campaign is simply about getting everyone who cares about the Tavern’s future together to play a role in securing it.
’There is no reason the RVT can’t be a successful, modern and profitable bar while staying true to its traditions. We hope the new owners will now move to provide the peace of mind locals, regulars and performers desperately want.’