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Victorian pub first building to be listed for LGBTQ significance

The Victorian Royal Vauxhall Tavern is the first ever UK building to be listed because of its significance to LGBTQ history and heritage

RVT London. Credit: Rob Holley

London's Royal Vauxhall Tavern, built 1860-2, probably by the architect James Edmeston the elder, has been Grade II listed for its historic and cultural significance as one of the best known and longstanding LGB&TQ venues in the capital, a role it has played particularly in the second half of the 20th century. The listing states that from the later 19th century the pub was recognised as an important drag and cabaret venue, building on the reputation for Bohemian and alternative entertainment which had been characteristic of the area, and particularly of Vauxhall Gardens since its inception in the 1660s. The listing also notes the pub's architectural interest - the handsome and well-designed mid Victorian curved facade, with a parade of arcades terminating in pedimented bays.

Comments welcoming the decision from the pub's community website can be found here.

Wednesday 9 September, 2015

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