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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Push The Button
A celebration of the last twenty years of pop in all its many forms - girl bands, boy bands, heartthrobs and impossible princesses. Requests taken via Twitter all night long @PTButton #PLAYTHEHITSUntil Saturday November 26 2016Read more
Lee Harris supplies big beat house, plus his own remixes of club favourites. With support from residents Silverhook and Cactushead.LGBT Until Friday December 16 2016Read more
Rock disco with artistic live turns, hosted by Amy Lamé with the best retro set in town from DJs The Readers Wifes. Duckie distinguishes itself as gay London's leading pop-and-performance club. The team also put on large theatrical events at venues like...Cabaret and burlesque Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday December 18 2016Read more
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 Tuesday November 1 2016 - Wednesday December 21 2016Read more
Things to do
Chanteuse and cabaret grande dame Holly Penfield gets in the mood for summer with iconic '70s tunes, some original numbers and the backing of the Ian Ritchie Band.Literary events Wednesday November 2 2016Read more
Barelesque 11: Weird Science
A burlesque cabaret show with a range of performers, held in aid of the Albert Kennedy Trust.Cabaret and burlesque Thursday November 3 2016 - Friday November 4 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 November 4 2016 - Saturday December 3 2016Read more
Eight wildly different artists present new turns based on a given theme.Cabaret and burlesque Wednesday November 9 2016Read more
Anthem - Old Skool Reunion - Love Muscle Classics
DJs: Marc Andrews and Steve Bennison will be behind the decks supplying the top tunes, plus a PA from Stacey Jay from Klymax.LGBT Friday November 11 2016 - Saturday November 12 2016Read more
So Kenny Everett, Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana are on a wild night out... It sounds like the start of a retro joke. But it really did happen on one heady night in 1988, when Princess Di dropped into legendary gay club Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Desmond...Musicals Wednesday November 16 2016 - Thursday November 24 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.