Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Out of the ashes?

Fabulous news - the benighted Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), yet another gay pub under threat from greedy developers, has been granted listed building status (Grade II)!

This is a great success for the campaign to save this rather special venue (one of Britain's oldest-serving gay pubs), and dashes any hopes the Austrian property developers Immovate [sic] may have had of knocking the building about and turning it into (yawn) "luxury flats".
Chair of the RVT Future campaign Amy Lamé, co-founder and host of long-running RVT night Duckie, said:
“The listing is a fantastic milestone for our community and a victory against the odds for our beloved pub. We look forward to continuing our work to ensure the RVT remains a vibrant space of LGBTQ community and culture for generations to come. The RVT now joins New York’s Stonewall Inn, home of the gay liberation movement, in being officially recognised for its contribution to social history. We thank our many, many supporters from across London and further afield.”
And here, for your delectation, is a most appropriate song for the occasion. Singing (fabulously) live from the venue's stage, here's Austria's preferred export to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern - Miss Conchita Wurst and (house favourite here at Dolores Delargo Towers) Rise Like a Phoenix!

RVT Future campaign website


  1. I shall celebrate tomorrow at the RVT with a gig by Toyah. x

    1. I spotted that she was on, and somehow guessed you might be there :-) I also notice that Miss Marie Wilson's "Ready Steady Girls!" show is coming back there in the New Year... Jx


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