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London 1930s gay bar to be recreated

London IconAccording to London's Evening Standard, the secret history of Soho will be soon brought back to life with the recreation of a Thirties gay bar shut by the Police.

The Caravan was described as “London’s most bohemian rendezvous” and provided a meeting place and refuge for gay men when homosexuality was illegal. Located on the corner of Endell Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, the basement club was raided and closed in 1934.

Now, the National Trust and the National Archives are going to re-imagine the “most unconventional spot in town” using police photographs, witness accounts and court reports.

The event runs from March 2-26 and will include talks, performances and cocktails from the Thirties.

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Could London's Black Cap re-open as an LGBT venue?

black cap londonThe iconic London LGBT venue 'The Black Cap' in Camden, may reopen soon.

The bar is empty(apart from being beriefly occupied by squatters) since 2015 when the owners Faucet Inns closed it and successively try to redevelop the venue as a mainstream bar/restaurant withluxury flats upstairs. Those plans fell through, no doubt also because of the strong opposition by the local LGBT community and the group 'We Are Black Cap', who have held a vigil in front of the premises every Saturday ever since its closure. 

However, according to the Camden New Journal, an unnamed theatre company is considering a tenancy deal which would see the Black Cap reopen as an LGBT venue, retaining its famous ground-floor cabaret bar while providing a rehearsal studio space during the day. At the time of writing the venue's owners Faucet Inns are clarifying with the local council if the venue can indeed be used for such a purpose.

The Black Cap is one of the most historical venues in the United Kingdom and its stage has seen drag and cabaret icons like Lily Savage and the late Regina Fong regularly performing

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Kazbar London Closes its Doors on Jan 1st

Kazbar Logo The year 2016 ends with another casualty in the London Bar Scene. It has been announced that iconic bar Kazbar, which has been a stalwart of the Clapham area for the past twenty years is to close on January 1st, 2017.

The closure has been blamed to a sudden rent increase, from £86,000 to £150,000 per year. Read Full Article

 

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