The oldest gay venue in London, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), has been awarded grade II listed status after a successful campaign with supporters including Sir Ian McKellen, Paul O'Grady and Graham Norton.
Heritage minister, Tracey Crouch, made the announcement on Wednesday, saying: "The iconic cultural hub in the heart of London is of huge significance to the LGBT community.
“Not only of architectural interest, the venue has a longstanding historic role as a symbol of tolerance and alternative entertainment.”
Many took to Twitter to express their delight at the listing of the first UK LGBT venue.
Long live The Royal Vauxhall Tavern 💛💙💜💚❤️— Rooftop Film Club (@rooftopfilmclub) September 9, 2015
— Paul Dillane (@Paul_Dillane) September 9, 2015
Great news Royal Vauxhall Tavern (or RVT), the UK’s oldest LGBTQ pub, today became a listed building. Let’s now secure its future @RVTfuture— Collins of Highbury (@Lord_Collins) September 9, 2015
Amazing, amazing news about the RVT. The listing was successful! RVT is now a listed building of LGBTQ importance.— Soen (@Soeno) September 9, 2015
It's Listed, Bitch.— Push The Button (@PTButton) September 9, 2015