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Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Nightlife, Clubs Vauxhall
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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Time Out says

To paraphrase a famous saying: after a nuclear holocaust, all that will be left are cockroaches, Cher and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Dating back to 1863, this pub-cum-legendary queer performance venue has been threatened for years by greedy property developers, but the RVT Future Committee refuses to let it die. People care about this place because it mixes a rich history – the gay Kray used to drink here and Lily Savage got her start behind the bar – with cutting-edge queer club nights like Duckie and Bar Wotever. The fabulously shabby, grade II-listed surroundings don’t hurt, either. As Duckie’s host (and London’s ‘Night Czar’) Amy Lamé says: ‘Everyone’s welcome – just don’t wear nice shoes.’



Address: 372
Kennington Lane
SE11 5HY
Transport: Tube: Vauxhall
Price: Admission free-£8
Opening hours: Open 7pm-midnight Mon-Thur; 6.30pm-3am Fri; 9pm-4am Sat; 3pm-1am Sun
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  • Saturday August 31 2019 - Sunday December 29 2019

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Legendary, infamous, famous, all words to describe the RVT which has escalated from standard gay bar to epic venue in its own right. With a host of themed nights and special events, it's a jewel in the crown of the ever shrivelling LGBT scene in London.


I’ve never been before, I’ve never heard of this place. In a ‘how well do you know gay London?’ quiz I would fail spectacularly, as, apparently, Royal Vauxhall Tavern (or RVT, as it’s affectionately known) is a staple elevated to the status of a Grade II listed building. It’s that important to the history of LGBT community. I would struggle to recommend RVT to most of my colleagues. You know the kind of place I’m talking about. It’s not swanky, it’s not glamorous. Girls are looking at girls mostly, and boys look more glamorous than girls. The acts they put up are not so much well staged, as outrageous and mind opening. The kind of place that if you get it, you get it, and you need more. We had a great time on Saturday (a Duckie night). Affordable drinks, some of the friendliest bouncers I’ve seen in a while, swift service (considering the crowd!), genuinely nice crowd (I don’t think I met a single rude person!) and the eclectic and cheesy mix of possibly all the music genres out there. We had a blast! I’m happy they listed it, as it means RVT is here to stay.

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. 

I got my tickets on OutSavvy here 

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. 

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