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April 20, 2015

Paris Gym in Vauxhall, which has been running for 20 years, will be shutting its doors

London's longest running and biggest gay gym Paris Gym is closing down.

The training centre, which has been running for 20 years in the heart of Vauxhall, will be closing down on 27 June at 4pm.

This is just the latest in a long run of closures in London's LGBTI scene. The Black Cap in Camden closed suddenly earlier this month and the threats to shut down the Royal Vauxhall Tavern are growing.

Writing on Facebook, gym runners Peter Gann and Phil Hathaway announced the closure. He promised all members will receive refunds and a party is being planned.

April 16, 2015

Historic iconic venue, which featured in the film Pride, is at risk of closing

London gay bar Royal Vauxhall Tavern is at risk of closing due to its recent sale to property developers.

But celebs and stalwarts of the scene have come together to launch a campaign to help save the iconic venue.

It comes as the Black Cap in Camden, another notable London LGBTI venue, closed without notice last week.

Writer of Bafta-winning film Pride Stephen Beresford, who featured the RVT in his 2014 hit film, is calling on people to help save the bar. 

February 4, 2015

One admitted to taking class A drugs

A London gay sauna closed after three men were taken ill in an incident connected to drug use.

Police were called to Chariots Health Club in Albert Embankment, in Vauxhall, following reports of drug activity.

A man in his 30s admitted to officers he had consumed class A drugs, and he was taken to a north London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

'Two other men (no further details) were subsequently found collapsed inside the club,' a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said.

December 2, 2014

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Rupert Street Bar and more in our countdown of London's gayest watering holes

November 2, 2014

In the latest in a line of closures on the London gay scene, Hackney pub the Joiners Arms will shut its doors in January 2015. Its managements tell GSN that they are seeking new premises

A well-loved and long-running London gay bar has been told that it must find itself a new home.

The management of the Joiners Arms on Hackney Road, Shoreditch, has been informed that its current lease, which expires on 15 January 2015, will not be renewed.

David Pollard, the publican who re-launched the venue as a gay bar in 1997 and has run it ever since, told GSN that a development company is planning to demolish the venue and build flats on the site.

July 8, 2014

Grieving family members are pleading with anyone to come forward with video footage of a man possibly being abused by bouncers

Grieving family members are pleading with anyone to come forward with video footage of a man possibly being abused by bouncers at a gay-friendly club.

Police have issued the appeal following the death of 30-year-old Adam Hird, who died following an incident outside a bar in Vauxhall.

Detectives investigating believe a woman may have filmed the events on her mobile phone. A cash reward of £1000 is available ($1700, €1300).

June 26, 2014

2014's theme for Pride In London is #FreedomTo, celebrating the new-found rights and protections given to us this year

Three months ago, gay couples in England and Wales were allowed to walk down the aisle and get married.

But while LGBTI Londoners may have more rights than ever, this is not the time to get lazy.

After all, reports of homophobic crime are up since last year.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

June 20, 2014

Victim's father believes his son died on the streets of Vauxhall after being manhandled by security staff

A man has died after allegedly restrained for 10 minutes by bouncers outside a London gay-friendly club.

Adam Hird, 30, an aspiring pilot engaged to a woman, was left unconscious after the alleged confrontation outside Club No 65 in Vauxhall, a venue south of the River Thames directly next door to gay sauna Chariots.

Scotland Yard said officers were called to reports of a man being restrained by security staff at about 3.20am on Sunday (15 June).

He was rushed to hospital, but he died two days later.

June 12, 2014

A 31-year-old was arrested in Kent on suspicion of an assault near the Lightbox club in Vauxhall – an area popular with gay clubbers

Police have arrested a man in connection with a London homophobic attack that left a gay clubber ‘blinded’.

A 31-year-old was arrested in Kent on suspicion of an assault near the Lightbox club in Vauxhall – an area south of the River Thames popular with the gay community – on Sunday morning.

He was being questioned at a south London police station today.

The 23-year-old victim has said a man sprayed bleach at him after two women started shouting homophobic abuse at him and his friend.

June 10, 2014

Two women filmed on CCTV have come forward to speak with police about the incident

London police are a step closer to finding the man who threw ammonia into a man’s face for being gay.

The authorities believe one man may have attacked three men in Vauxhall, an area of London south of the River Thames popular with gay clubbers.

Two women seen on CCTV around the time of the attack outside Lightbox club have come forward since the high-profile appeal launched.

They were not arrested after speaking to police, Scotland Yard said today.

June 9, 2014

Police are appealing for help to find one man and two women in connection with a homophobic attack in Vauxhall

A London man who was sprayed with bleach in an anti-gay attack may never see again.

The clubber, 23, is one of three victims attacked by a concentrated ammonia solution in premeditated attacks at around 4am yesterday.

Police are asking for people to look at CCTV images of a bearded man and two younger women who they would like to identify in connection with the attacks.

It happened outside Lightbox club in South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall – an area south of the River Thames in the UK capital, popular with gay clubbers.

October 28, 2013

In a Soho cafe, there is a fight over who can sit in Damon Albarn's seat. 

In a Soho cafe, there is a fight over who can sit in Damon Albarn's seat.

We chat with DJ Hushpuppy about his show Beats at Soho Theatre, and discuss the new licensing laws in Vauxhall, the 1st gay marriage in NJ, and an archeological find that challenges gender stereotypes.

Plus all the news from Gay Star News.

October 18, 2013

With drugs causing collapses and deaths in south London, GSN reveals how Lambeth council may end up destroying businesses in an effort to save lives

The council in Vauxhall is bringing in a new licensing policy to crack down on drugs, which may end up killing the gay scene.

Gay Star News can exclusively reveal the real story of the new policy that many have feared could be the death knell for the south London nightlife.

The area, popular with the mid-20s crowd, is one of the most visited in London for gay clubs and bars.

But with two gay clubs, Fire and Area, operating a 24-hour license the council is concerned about the ‘culture’ this creates.

June 28, 2013

After a disappointing year, London Pride is back bigger and better with big acts, themed nights out, and a family day out

After the disappointment of London Pride last year, the England capital had to step it up.

But with a brand new team of organizers, this weekend is set to bring a new rainbow to London.

Several athletes will also be attending, with Pride supporting London’s bid to host the next Gay Games.

With 150 groups parading through the heart of the capital and attracting hundreds of thousands, it is shaping up to be one of the best Prides yet.

May 19, 2013

Club-goers took to social networking to report gunfire outside Vauxhall’s super-club Fire

Police are investigating reports of gunfire outside a London gay club early this morning.

Prior to a BBC report that said no arrests have been made and no injuries were reported, party-goers took to Twitter to express their concern.

Roland @RollsUK tweeted: The police cordoned off Fire in Vauxhall.’

@CheekyLondon wrote: ‘Loads of police and loads of forensics.’

Police were called to the scene around 4 am., but reportedly the perpetrators were not found.

March 28, 2013

Gay cabaret artists join forces to celebrate all things fat with beauty pageant Hamburger Queen

London cabaret acts, Amy Lamé and Scottee, have responded to a world where fat is under attack, mocking Miss America-style pageants with entertainment show, Hamburger Queen.

The gay duo explained in an interview with Beige Magazine, they were ‘sick of the negative portrayal of larger people’ and decided it was ‘time to celebrate more healthy role models in chub culture’.

September 25, 2012

London's Royal Vauxhall Tavern and QX magazine team up to 'roast' drag star Sandra in a hilarious night to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust

Legendary drag star Sandra is set to face a ‘right royal roasting’ in aid of an HIV charity in London.

The Drag Roast is being organized by gay magazine QX and pub Royal Vauxhall Tavern, aiming to raise funds for HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

The Whore of Hampstead Heath will face the wrath of her drag circuit friends as they deliver one hilarious story after another.

August 6, 2012

Contaminated drugs may be circulating in UK capital after death and collapses on gay scene. Plus another man collapses in gay Soho sauna on same night

Police are worried London’s gay clubbers may be offered contaminated drugs after one man died and three others had to be hospitalized in just one night.

As Gay Star News reported yesterday, the man who died and two others who fell ill were at gay scene venues in Vauxhall, south London – an area popular with clubbers.

August 5, 2012

Police are looking for witnesses and anyone with information concerning a death in the British capital. Two others hospitalized - one in serious condition

A man has died after a night out in a south London gay club in the early hours of this morning (5 August).

Ambulances were called to help save three men in Goding Street close to the gay club Area in Vauxhall.

The first was called at 4.08am to help an unconscious 25-year-old, referred to in the police report as male one, and was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in serious condition.

In a statement made to Gay Star News, a London Ambulance spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 4am to Goding Street, SE11 to a man reported to have stopped breathing.

June 1, 2012

Forget the Olympics, be part of the other greatest (or gayest) sporting events of the year

If your dreams of becoming the next Olympian are slowly being dashed, there’s no need to despair.

Placed between the closing ceremony of the Olympics and the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, there is another London 2012 sporting event where little, or no, training is required and you still have the chance to walk off with a champion’s cup.

The sixth annual Gay Sports Day from British gay health charity GMFA and London pub institution the Royal Vauxhall Tavern returns on 27 August.