More than half of London’s LGBT+ venues have closed in past decade, 'with more still at risk'

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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%

The Black Cap in Camden closed in 2015 Credit: PA

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