Campaigning for Camden’s LGBTQ+ history and future

A group of smiling supporters with banners and flags standing around the building of the Black Cap in Camden London


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 under consideration. Our meetings and dealings with the owner’s new representatives have been positive, open, and very encouraging. The owners have asked us to work with them soon to further engage the community and understand what the LGBTQ+ community want from a newly reborn 21st Century Palladium of Drag and Cabaret.

So watch this space.

Meanwhile, browse this website to learn more about the campaign, the Black Cap, and how to keep up in touch as things develop.
A cover of the news letter illustrating the the plans for the reopening of the Black Cap


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.

A plaque of Regina Thong 1945 - 2003

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.

A group of people supporting the Save The Black Cap Campaign

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.

A young woman holding a I am The Black Cap banner

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!

A line of people supporting 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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