We Are The Black Cap

Fighting for Camden’s LGBTQ+ History and Future 

Black Cap Community Benefit Society

Reopen The Black Cap.

The Black Cap in Camden, north London, has been serving LGBTQ+ community and culture since the days when it was illegal to be gay. The history of this iconic LGBTQ+ pub, club and performance venue stretches back decades if not centuries and is known around the world. 

Despite its continued popularity and success, the Cap was closed abruptly in April 2015, after Camden council rejected its then-owners’ plans to develop the site into luxury flats. 

A grassroots campaign called #WeAreTheBlackCap began, rallying around the demand that the whole building must remain an LGBTQ+ pub, nightclub, cabaret, and community space named the Black Cap. 

Ever since then, we have been fighting for the Cap – to resist the erasure of one of the LGBTQ+ community’s few pre-1967 historical, cultural, and artistic landmarks, and to ensure it reopens as a safe, vibrant place of LGBTQ+ entertainment and connection fit for the 21st century. 

How can I help?

Support the Campaign

Weekly Vigils

Every week, we hold a vigil outside The Cap, raising awareness and collecting signatures for our petition.

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Join Us

We are actively looking for people to join our organisation.

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What’s happening?

Latest Campaign Updates

In the past decade, 60 per cent of London’s LGBTQ+ spaces have closed down. Let’s save this unique, historical venue.

Can you help reopen The Black Cap?

We need money, skills and dedication. Let us know if you’d like to offer any of the above to help restore this iconic LGBTQ+ venue.

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