Flats plan rejected for iconic Camden gay pub The Black Cap

PUBLISHED: 13:15 18 February 2015

The Black Cap in Camden Town could be partly turned into flats

The Black Cap in Camden Town could be partly turned into flats


Controversial plans to turn part of an iconic gay pub into flats have been thrown out by councillors.

Pub chain owner Faucet Inns had sought to turn the upper floors of The Black Cap pub in Camden High Street, Camden Town, into three flats with roof terraces.

The 19th century pub has been a gay-friendly venue since 1965, before homosexuality was de-criminalised.

Camden councillors unanimously rejected planning permission for the proposals last Thursday at a planning committee meeting.

Before they ruled on the plans, longstanding Black Cap regular Terence Bevington said: “The Black Cap serves as a vital space for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) 
community and there is nowhere else in and beyond Camden that offers such a unique space.”

He added: “The character and soul of the community pub would be lost forever.”

Under the plans, the pub’s first-floor bar would have been replaced with flats, one of a string of bids to convert the upper floors since 2012.

The Black Cap, well-known for 
its cabaret acts and drag performances, is one of a handful of LGBT pubs left in north London.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ham&High. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express