LGBTQ+ nightlife venues

As part of his Cultural Infrastructure Plan The Mayor has committed to providing an annual audit of LGBTQ+ venues. 

This year the number of LGBTQ+ venues in the capital remains stable in 2017/18 after 62% fall over the past decade.

A number of venues have signed up to the Mayor's LGBTQ+ Venues Charter including London’s biggest pub company Greene King and Stonegate.

 

What's the Mayor doing to support LGBTQ+ venues?

To support LGBTQ+ venues, the Mayor has launched the LGBTQ+ Venues Charter.

It's a practical tool for developers, venues and pub companies to sign up to and show their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community in London. 

What's in the Charter?

There's a five-point pledge which supports London’s LGBTQ+ pubs, bars, clubs and other venues:

  1.  A visible rainbow flag should be displayed on the outside of the venue
  2. The venue should be marketed as an LGBTQ+ venue
  3.  The venue will provide a welcoming, accessible and safe environment
  4. Management and staff should be LGBTQ+ friendly
  5. Programming should be LGBTQ+ focused

Read the full pledge.

Number of LGBTQ+ nightlife venues increase and decrease per year

 

The initial data was provided by UCL Urban Laboratory. You can learn more about the loss of LGBTQ+ nightlife venues in London by reading the UCL Urban Lab report 'LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London: Nightlife Venues 2006 to 2017’.

The data is now kept up to date by the GLA. It includes venues as spaces designated as primarily LGBTQ+ and/or with primarily LGBTQ+ programming.

Culture at Risk Office

The Mayor has set up London’s first ever Culture at Risk Office to safeguard the capital's well-loved cultural places and spaces at risk of being lost, including LGBTQ+ venues.

If you know an LGBTQ+ venue, or other venue, at risk of closure please contact City Hall's Culture at Risk Office at [email protected].

Se which organisations have already signed up to the Charter

Above the Stag Theatre
Admiral Duncan
Bar CMYK / Pod Bar
Circa Soho
Circa the Club
City of Quebec
Compton Cross
Comptons of Soho
Dalston Superstore
Duke of Wellington
Fire / Lightbox
G-A-Y Bar
G-A-Y Late
Halfway to Heaven
Heaven
Karaoke Hole
Ku Leicester Sq/ Klub
Ku Soho
Pulse/XXL
Queen Adelaide of Cambridge Heath 
Retro Bar
Rupert Street
She Bar
The Apple Tree
The Chateau
The King's Arms
Two Brewers
VFD (Vogue Fabrics Dalston)
Ye Olde Rose and Crown