Few venues inspire as much devotion, as much reverence, as the inimitable Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The haunt of celebrities, drag queens, and the great and good of the LGBT+ community, the rich and storied history of the RVT is a colourful tale, woven into the fabric of the city’s nightlife. In fact, it’s so revered that in 2015, it became the first building in the UK to gain Grade II-listed status on the basis of its importance to the LGBT+ community. It remains closed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but has been given a £20,000 grant to ensure its survival, as part of Lambeth Council’s Local Economy Hardship Fund – helping safeguard this vital space hopefully for many years to come. Here’s all you need to know about the Royal Vauxhall Tavern!
One look at their celebrity guests, and you can be sure they’ve earned the ‘Royal’ moniker; this is what happened when Princess Diana was reportedly smuggled into the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in the 1980s dressed as a man on an night out with Freddy Mercury.