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London Gay Pub, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Is Given Grade II Listing

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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.