Open seven nights a week, globally famous, the Vauxhall Tavern provides a welcoming, fun, safe, and secure venue. It’s an attitude that has kept them thriving since 1865. Opening shortly after the Pleasure Gardens closed its doors, and very much keeping the essence of the area alive ever since.
A vibrant and successful independently owned company who have consistently provided diverse What’s On programmes of events in London. Paul O’Grady (Lily Savage) took to the stage in the late 1990s.
Culturally, historically, and reputationally RVT is a major contributor to the London night-time economy and is a preferred venue of choice by many leading international artists including Belinda Carlisle, Kim Wilde, Mutya Buena, Gabrielle, Bucks Fizz, Liberty X, The Three Degrees, Sonia, Mica Paris, Toyah, T’Pau, and many more.
Helen Mirren brought her stepson to see the renowned adult Panto and Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett brought Princess Diana for a dance night out. It truly is Vauxhall’s colourful history all in one building, RVT also nurtures new talent to ensure inclusivity remains at the forefront of all that they believe.
Other famous names who have frequented these famous doors, the venue is regularly used as a film shoot location with Danny Boyle and Stephen Baldry. The most recent on location were HRH Prince William, Joanna Lumley, Amanda Holden, Will Young, Cara Delevingne. 50 Years of Freedom was filmed with Sir Ian McKellan, Tom Robinson, Olly Alexander, and Holly Johnson.
ITV was on location in April 2023 to make the ITV Tribute Programme to Paul O’Grady, and many of Paul’s friends paid tribute to him in the programme which was shown on Easter Sunday 2023.
The team is also behind the first UK ParaPride, held at the RVT for the last two years. RVT Sports Day hosted annually since the early 1980s on August Bank Holiday Monday is the biggest LGBTQ+ community gathering of the year. Events include the ceremonial throw-the-handbag, egg and spoon race, three-legged race and an LGBTQ+ community drag tug of war!
No visit to vibrant Vauxhall or London would be complete without a visit to the famous Royal Vauxhall Tavern.