A historic drag pub in Camden has been closed down by its owners without any advance warning.
The Black Cap, one of London’s longest-serving drag and gay venues, was closed last night by its owners, pub company Faucet Inn; their reason for closing the pub is currently unknown.
In Januaray, Faucet Inn applied for planning permission for to turn the building’s first, second and third floor into residential flats, but the application is listed as withdrawn.
Their plans would have seen the pub’s bar and terrace area, located on the building’s first floor, demolished.
As of today, no new planning application has been submitted to Camden Council.
The pub’s twitter page seems to have been deactivated, but its Facebook page is still online and it is still listed on Faucet Inn’s website.
Michelle Visage, famous for her appearance as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, tweeted her condolences about the venue’s closure: ‘My heart is with my sister @Do_Methand the family fierce. The Black Cap belonged to the community, but greed can’t hold fierce down!’
Last Wednesday, the pub was awarded the status as an asset of community value (ACV) because of its cultural heritage and importance for the local community.
Nigel Harris, director of Camden LGBT Forum, made the application for ACV status when the venue faced closure because of redevelopment plans.
‘It ensures our local residents have a safe space to go and meet other LGBT people,’ he said about the application.
‘Because it holds great memories for our older members who have been visiting for decades. Because it provides a space for LGBT groups and outreach. Because it puts Camden on the map with its grand history of top talent and support for equal rights.‘