The Black Cap in London’s Camden, one of the capital’s most iconic and famous gay pubs, has been closed by its owners, Faucett Inns.
Faucett shut the pub last night with apparently very little prior warming.
Earlier this year an application to redevelop three floors of the pub into flats was turned down by Camden Council who described the venue as a valuable community resource for the local LGBT community.
Just last week the pub was award an Asset of Community Value status from the council, which would have protected it from development.
The bar has been gay bar since the 1960s, and was known as the home of drag.
Drag performers at the venue have included Lily Savage, Danna La Rue, Adrella and Regina Fong.
Faucett has so far not commented on the pub’s closure, and the Black Cap’s listings on its website was removed this morning.
The Black Cap is the latest in a series of closures of iconic gay and community venues in the capital, as more and more areas are becoming gentrified.