Standing firm and proud as a major traffic hub has been developed around it, the RVT dates from 1863, and remains true to its century-old tradition as a cabaret venue. It’s been serving confirmed bachelors since before Kylie was born and is now the royal palace of Voho, the gay village of Vauxhall.
On any given night, star names may be draped banner-big across its traditional pub frontage (Lily Savage got her start behind the bar), and the place may be absolutely jammed. The main attraction is Duckie, Amy Lamé’s wilfully eccentric Saturday club night.
Get here in the early evening and you’ll have time and space to fire into some beef stew or a burger, but otherwise it’s shots, shooters and standard lagers all the way. In the evening, muscle marys whip off their tops and gear up for an evening of debauchery at the many nearby clubs.
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Ultra-chilled, ultra-welcoming queer performance mixer with a gloriously eclectic line-up and crowd. The vibe is supportive, exploratory and occasionally rough around the edges.Rock and indie Until Wednesday June 29 2016Read more
Our favourite Mister Sisters – Lisa Lee, Ryan Styles, Richardette, John Sizzle and Blanche DuBois – shimmy their way through a freaky pop line-up in hilarious, twisted style. Think Pan's People meet Bloolips in Primark!Cabaret and burlesque Friday July 1 2016 - Saturday December 3 2016Read more
Lee Harris supplies big beat house, plus his own remixes of club favourites. With support from residents Silverhook and Cactushead.LGBT Friday July 1 2016 - Friday December 16 2016Read more
A Song Of Summer
The annual celebration of the music of Kate Bush, with a host of performers including A Sky of Honey, Rose Garden, and Mandy Paines and Michael Mayell from the Cloudbusting Kate Bush tribute act, alongside DJs playing her music all night long.Covers bands Friday July 8 2016 - Saturday July 9 2016Read more
Things to do
A Song of Summer: A Celebration of the Music of Kate Bush
Fourth annual party hosted by international Kate Bush magazine HomeGround with live sets from Mandy and Michael of top UK Kate Bush tribute act Cloudbusting plus brand new tribute act, Sky Of Honey, and cabaret artiste Rose Garden. DJs Phil Marriot, Dave...Concerts Friday July 8 2016 - Saturday July 9 2016Read more
The Tavern's Got Talent
An exciting and entertaining talent competition which sees acts battle it out against each other as they take to the stage to show off their unique and original routines.Thursday July 14 2016 - Friday July 15 2016Read more
Sonia - We'll Never Stop Loving You!
The 80s and 90s popstar and former UK Eurovision entrant performs.Pop Thursday July 21 2016Read more
Sarah-Louise Young And Michael Roulston
The duo performs comedic musical cabaret.Cabaret and standards Wednesday July 27 2016Read more
Nicki French Live At The Royal Vauxhall Tavern
The pop star, who is famed for her dance version of Total Eclipse Of The Heart and for representing the UK in Eurovision in the year 2000, performs.Acoustic Thursday August 4 2016Read more
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The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is recognised as providing a unique and welcoming environment to a very diverse crowd. The level and quality of the artists has recently changed. I have recently been to see Toyah Wilcox, Mari Wilson, T’pau and looking forward to Sonia on 28 April. The new artist line up appearing at Royal Vauxhall Tavern is getting better and better and now has the balance to bring together both the old tavern and the new tavern, fantastic Friday club nights, Duckie on Saturdays, Sunday Social, a great day out and a full weekly programme of events.
The management and staff offer the best diverse light entertainment policy in London, they are welcoming, reasonable priced bar and you are guaranteed to have a thoroughly enjoyable time, the atmosphere and the crowd make Royal Vauxhall Tavern what it is.
Love this place! Such diverse and interesting events.
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Every time I have friends down in London, I take them here. Ducky on a Saturday is weird, the music is classic and the atmosphere is cheerful and down right buoyant. The music suddenly stops and a short show appears on stage to delight or confuse. Arrive with a open mind!
The show on a Sunday is a London institution not to be missed, but be warned it is rude and crude and not for those with a delicate disposition.
Gay Bingo on Monday is a fantastic way to start the week, every day there is something going on.
The RVT is small bar / club / cabaret bar, often filled with esoteric people with a story to tell and laugh to be had.