In another hit to the UK capital’s LGBTI community, a London gay bar is up for sale. What’s worse, the estate agents have said the staff haven’t even been told.
Molly Moggs is a venue in a listed historic building on Old Compton Street, Soho, part of the property empire of The Apprentice star and business magnate Alan Sugar.
And the pub’s lease is now available for £275,000 (€388,000, $432,0000).
The listing, posted by Fleurets estate agents, describes the building as a ‘three story corner terrace building with a brick rendered frontage, with ground floor painted green and subsequent floors painted cream with a tiled French roof and inset dormer windows to roof space.’
And perhaps most harshly, it also reads: ‘An initial discreet viewing on a customer basis is required. Staff are unaware and should not be approached.’
The landlord of Molly Moggs, the man selling the remainder of pub’s 20-year lease, was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
As it is a listed building and it is only the leasehold that is being sold, that limits what prospective buyers could do with the historic pub.
Due to restrictions on the license, it is likely to remain a pub or bar. However that is no guarantee that it will remain a LGBTI bar. The individual that owns Molly Moggs’ lease could also take it off the market, saving it for the community.
The owners tried to get a later license to serve alcohol until 1am in 2013, but this was refused by the council.
London has been hit by several closures of LGBTI venues in recent months, including The Black Cap in Camden, Barcode in Vauxhall and The Joiners’ Arms in Hackney.