Campaigning for Camden’s LGBTQ+ history and future

Save the Black Cap


But not properly from the Black Cap Community and #WeAreTheBlackCap Campaign.

Well here we are… we are cautiously optimistic but nevertheless very excited to properly announce that after nearly nine years of campaigning the Black Cap’s owners new representatives have put proposals forward to Camden Council and these are now part of a 21 day consultation. Our meetings and dealings with the owner’s new representatives have been positive, open, and very encouraging. The KH3 team have asked us to work with them to further engage the community soon to further understand what the LGBTQ+ community want from a newly reborn 21st Century Palladium of Drag and Cabaret.

So watch this space.

We broadly support their plans for the building and encourage you to read more in our newsletter, where there is a detailed overview of the consultation and links to view and comment. Read the newsletter at and comment on the owner’s proposals here.


Welcome to the campaign to re-open and protect the Black Cap, north London’s legendary LGBTQ+ pub, club, cabaret, and community space!

The Black Cap, a Camden landmark for over 250 years and one of London’s biggest and most famous LGBTQ+ spaces for more than 50 years, was closed abruptly in April 2015 by its previous owners. They planned to redevelop the building into luxury flats – but they didn’t count on the community’s resistance.

The #WeAreTheBlackCap campaign, led by the community benefit society, Black Cap Community, has been campaigning since then to save the Black Cap given its place as one of the few remaining landmarks of historical, cultural, and artistic importance for the LGBTQ+ community, and ensure it is re-opened as a safe, vibrant place of entertainment once again.

The Black Cap

The Black Cap is one of Camden’s oldest pubs and one of London’s biggest, most famous and thought after LGBTQ+ spaces.

The campaign

In seven years of campaigning, we’ve defeated many attempts to redevelop the Black Cap and we’re closer than ever to
re-opening the venue.

How to help

Do you want a colourful, welcoming, fabulous community pub and cabaret in Camden Town? Support the campaign re-open the Black Cap!

Black Cap Community

Campaigning for Camden’s LGBTQ+ history and future.

A community benefit society regulated by the FCA, number 8525

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