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09/09/2015 16:04 BST | Updated 09/09/2015 16:59 BST

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

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It looks closed from this photo, but it's not. In many ways this is less a pub than a venue, but it serves beer and puts on some good events. <b>Address:</b> 372 Kennington Lane. <b>Owner:</b> (<a href="http://www.theroyalvauxhalltavern.co.uk/" rel="nofollow">website</a>). <b>Links:</b> <a href="http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/24084/" rel="nofollow">Pubs Galore</a> <a href="http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/14/14594/Royal_Vauxhall_Tavern/Vauxhall" rel="nofollow">Beer in the Evening</a> <a href="http://www.deadpubs.co.uk/LondonPubs/Lambeth/RoyalVauxhallTavern.shtml" rel="nofollow">Dead Pubs</a> (history)

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.