A 39-year-old man is fighting for his life after being hit outside London gay bar Admiral Duncan.
Officers on patrol in Old Compton Street in Soho were alerted by members of the public of a man laying on a pavement unconscious.
The assault happened at around 11.40pm last night (15 March). An ambulance was immediately called.
A Metropolitan police spokesperson told Gay Star News: ‘The victim, a 39-year-old man, was taken to a central London hospital with head injuries.
‘His condition is described as critical but stable’.
It is understood the victim and another group of people were drinking inside the Admiral Duncan on Wednesday evening.
A fight broke out just outside the venue and a 23-year-old assaulted the victim. Witnesses say the victim was on the pavement ‘with one punch’.
Police are not currently treating this as a homophobic attack.
A Met spokesperson continued: ‘A 23-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of this morning (16 March) on suspicion of GBH. He remains in custody at an east London police station.
An Admiral Duncan spokesperson told Gay Star News: ‘The incident took place outside the venue once the premises had closed and we are doing all we can to support the police in their investigation’.
The Admiral Duncan was the site of one of the most well-known attacks on LGBTI people in the UK. On 30 April 1999, a neo-Nazi planted a nail bomb that, when exploded, killed three people and wounded around 70. Several people lost eyes or limbs.
UPDATE: A Metropolitan spokesperson has said the arrested man was bailed until a date in mid-May.
The victim remains in critical condition.