More than half of London’s LGBT+ venues have closed in the past decade with more venues still at risk.
A new report painted a stark picture for LGBT+ venues in the capital. Figures from University College London Urban Laboratory show there were 127 venues in 2006. That compares to 54 in 2017, a fall of 57%
One of the hardest-hit boroughs is Islington, which has lost 80% of its LGBT+ venues since 2006. During the same period, Lambeth lost 47% of its LGBT+ venues, with Camden and Westminster both losing 43%.
The main reason for closures are:
- External pressures such as large-scale developments
- A lack of safeguarding measures in the existing planning system
- The sale and change of use of the property by landlords