The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (aka the RVT)

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Stand-alone Vauxhall mecca
Indestructible Victorian pub with a singular gay history — including drag performances since the middle of the last century — and a relentless party spirit, known to its own as the RVT and now registered with the local council (Lambeth) as an Asset of Community Value. Themed nights showcase comedy and alternative cabaret, most famously Saturday-regular Duckie [see entry], hosted by New Jersey-born handbag-wielding lipstick-lipped lesbian Amy Lamé, welcoming lovers of the Smiths, Kate Bush, the Mamas & the Papas, Depeche Mode, Baccara and Boney M. From late Sunday afternoons expect stimulated shirtless men keeping Saturday night alive in tea-dance style with entertainment originally overseen by the Dame Edna Experience (1999–2103). Regular Tuesday tenant Bar Wotever provides an "open stage for up and coming queer talents to show off", while Mondays go all ironic with the RVT's twist on bingo. Weekly Sunday Social started summer 2015, with not only cabaret but DJs too. Plus Butch, Please! (for lesbians and friends). Among the pub's other claims to fame is the joint visit in 1988 by singer Freddie Mercury (a former Coleherne regular), comic star and broadcaster Kenny Everett and, incognito as a man, Diana, Princess of Wales. On 30 September 2014, following the sale of the venue, the RVT announced plans for a "full refurbishment both internal and external". The Vauxhall Tavern promises to remain gay despite wariness in light of Vauxhall's ongoing slick and massive redevelopment. A one-minute walk from Vauxhall tube station, if that.


    • Rashidshabbir
      Rashidshabbir Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I love it amazing please on earth nice gay bar

    • listerc
      listerc Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Especially Duckie!

    • scim
      scim Over a year ago

      Sunday nights with Charlie Hides are the best! Show starts at 5.30p (ish)

    • LondonGuy123
      LondonGuy123 Over a year ago
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      Iconic place in Vauxhall
      This is one of the most famous gay bars in the entire world. The RVT is one of the oldest gay bars in all of London and with its extensive history it’s constantly hosting a variety of different events including comedy performances, party nights, drag shows and more. The most popular times are usually on Sunday afternoons because there are a variety of great shows on at these times.

    • bobby54
      bobby54 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Cool Pub
      I love this place. Fun crowd, great music and some nice looking sleek older dudes.A definite must for 20 somethings - 50 somethings.

    • So Different
      The Vauxhall tavern is an awesome bar, a bit on the small side, but plenty of atmosphere and some great cabaret.

    • ianseph
      ianseph Over a year ago
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      A Vauxhall institution
      It popularity endures down through the decades... every Sunday, like church! Most people who visit will only have soft focus memories

    • seanypops
      seanypops Over a year ago
      Loves it

      This place rocks
      Heard loads from friends about the RVT and it didn't disappoint. Sunday afternoons go off, great crowd, great shows and a good time had by all !

    • Stevin
      Stevin Over a year ago
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      Sunday Sunday Sunday!
      Lots of punters start with an early stop by (2-3p) to get a wrist band and avoid the line later. If it's a nice day, grab a pint and enjoy the outdoor area. If not come back in time for S.L.A.G.S and the Dame Edna Experience. The show is great and the live choir (you'll be part of it) inspriing. Stay later when the lights go low and the music gets pumping. Awesome.

    • se9guy
      se9guy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fantastic atmosphete. Freindly attitude free gay venue

    • jjkeyes
      jjkeyes Over a year ago
      Loves it

      So much fun
      I love the drag shows at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. This is the best place to get a few beers and laugh with your friends while hilarious performers stir up trouble.

    • tfcfan
      tfcfan Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Looks quite uninviting from the outside. This is a quirky venue in what is becoming a gay village in Vauxhall. Quite gritty and down to earth. But it is an institution for some and they have some quality cabaret acts.

    • Scott
      Scott Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Feels like the real London
      At first I was put off, the music was loud and I wasn't sure if this was my crowd: a mix of hipsters, bearish types and regular guys. But as the evening wore on it was clear that everyone was there to have a great time. A fun mix of electropop, 80s music (they even played El Debarge's Rythym of the Night) kept the crowd bopping. An inspired performance by local gender bender Johnny Woo made the night even more fun (if a bit surreal). This is a must do when in Vauxhall (and worth a trip here regardless).