The future of the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been in limbo for some time now, but it looks like that time may be coming to a close.
Concerns amongst it’s patrons began when it was bought by development company Immovate, causing fears it could be redeveloped.
However, hope was rekindled for it’s bustling community when the Royal Vauxhall Tavern was granted listed status by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Now, campaigners are hoping to build upon this victory, as they are planning a bid to buy the pub and keep it at the heart of London’s LGBT community.
Rob Holley, of Future of Royal Vauxhall Tavern, discussed this with the Evening Standard: “Once it is owned by the community it would be completely protected – unless an earthquake happened. Premises that do get community ownership get a new lease of life.”
“People would spend more money there. We would hope that Immovate would be open to speaking to us. But we are at a stalemate at the moment. I have no doubt we would be able to raise the money to buy the venue – I am confident we could do it.”
Here’s hoping they can raise the money, it would be a real shame to see the RVT disappear, and it being owned by the very community that have kept it going all these years – that sounds like a perfect solution.