Gay bars in London are closing down at such an “alarming” rate that the redevelopment of the Joiners Arms, an east London pub that counted Alexander McQueen, Rufus Wainwright and Wolfgang Tillmans among its regulars, will only get the go-ahead if it includes an LGBT club venue – and the mayor’s office will send an inspector to make sure it is gay enough . . .
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has demanded that urgent action is taken to halt the “shocking” decline of LGBT bars, which he said were vital for the city’s economy and diversity. Khan’s office is pushing planners to do more to ensure that LGBT venues are protected from housing developments, which has led to the closure of several well-known bars in central and east London, including the Black Cap in Camden, The Queen’s Head in Chelsea and the Joiners in Tower Hamlets . . .
“I hold LGBT+ venues in very high regard and have made it clear that protecting them is an integral part of my plans to grow London’s night-time economy and culture,” Khan said.
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