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



We are excited, and proud, to announce that that Black Cap is definitely on its way back into our lives.

Yesterday the new team working with the owners of the Black Cap let us know that all agreements needed with Camden Council planning are now signed and sealed.

The team asked us to say: ‘if all goes to plan, we hope to see you all back at the Black Cap before Christmas.’

Watch this space, browse this site, and take our survey to help us inform the owners about what people want from the Cap when it re-opens:

A group of Black Cap campaigners celebrating


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 nine 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!

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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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