London gay bar Shadow Lounge has closed its doors.
The premium gay bar in the heart of Soho has announced the business had closed by its managing company, Novus Leisure.
‘After many years of trading the venue we have taken the difficult decision to close the business and concentrate our efforts on our two neighboring businesses, Bar Soho and Village,’ a spokesperson for Novus Leisure told Gay Star News.
‘All the team at the venue have been relocated to other premises in the West End.’
Phil Marriot, a DJ at the club, bid farewell.
‘So sad to hear the news about Shadow Lounge closing. I’ve only been DJing there a short time but it’s been a very happy time, and it has been one of my favourite gigs,’ he said.
‘It’s mainly down to such wonderful people with happy souls that have made it such a vibrant place to play.’
Other customers, staffers and DJs also paid tribute to the bar.
London has experienced a spate of closures of LGBTI venues in recent years, including the George & Dragon in Shoreditch, Bar Code in Soho and Vauxhall, Madame Jo Jo’s, The Edge, Escape, the Richmond Arms, the Joiners Arms, the Black Cap and the Queen’s Head.
The Queen’s Head in Chelsea will have a leaving party tomorrow night (3 September).