The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) has been listed Grade II by the government on the advice of Historic England after a campaign by the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) community and residents that was backed by local councillors.
The iconic London location has an international reputation as arguably one of the most inclusive LGB&T venues in England, built on a tradition of hosting alternative, transgender and drag performances. However, as Vassall View reported in June, the future of the pub was placed into question after it was sold to developers. After failing to get assurances from the owners about their plans for the site, a local campaign by RVT Future aimed to get the building listed by Historic England which will help protect it from development. Local Cllr Paul Gadsby put in a submission supporting the listing, which has now been approved.
Talking about the news of the listing, Cllr Gadsby said:
"This is great news and RVT Future deserve a lot of praise for getting the site protected. This is an important community building with a long historic legacy and we must ensure it is not needlessly lost to development. I do hope that the owners will now take this opportunity to properly engage with RVT Future and the local LGBT community to ensure a bright future for the RVT."