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Iconic gay venue’s listing to help ensure the party goes on

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Lambeth Council has added the Royal Vauxhall Tavern venue in the borough to its register of community assets.

The pub in Spring Gardens off Kennington Lane in Vauxhall has been a cutting edge venue for the last 150-years. Today it is considered an iconic gay venue.

Councillor Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to add this venue to the list. It is now officially an asset of community value.

“This will help protect the Royal Vauxhall Tavern’s status as a key nightclub and LGBT cultural venue for both Lambeth, and the whole of London.”

The building’s new status gives it extra protection from development.

TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady who found fame through his alter-ego Lily Savage performed at the venue and has said it was key in his quest for success.

In January this year the Heritage Lottery Fund announced it had backed a Lambeth Council bid for £100,000 to fund a project exploring the heritage and significance of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Paul O’Grady has joined local communities, LGBT groups, audiences and performers in taking part in the project which marks the venue’s 150th birthday.

The Friends of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern community group made the application which was approved on October 10.

It means that if the venue comes up for sale, the local community will be given six-months to prepare a bid to buy it.

For more on Lambeth council’s register of community assets visit:

www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/about-lambeth/community-asset-transfer-policy

 

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