The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern was built in 1865 and has been known as an LGBTQ+ cabaret venue since the 1980s.

Since October 2005 RVT has operated exclusively as a performance venue providing cabaret shows, live music, panto, dance performances stand-up comedy, musicals, club nights and more from every area of the LGBTQ+ community as a licensed premises. Licensable activities authorised by the license are defined as plays, live music, recorded music, performance of dance, provision of facilities for making music, provision of facilities for dancing, provision of facilities for similar entertainment, films, late night refreshments and supply of alcohol.

Covid-19 has placed heavy constraints on the business and our community. Royal Vauxhall Tavern is Covid-19 Secure venue.

The much loved Royal Vauxhall Tavern is an Iconic London landmark and an award-winning cabaret, performance and club night destination and has built a brand creating an integral venue to the London entertainment and music industry and a catalyst to London’s night time economy.

We are the current 2020 Media and Entertainment Industry Award Winner – Voted by the public:

  • Best Cabaret Venue
  • Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Venue
  • Best Cabaret Performance
  • Best Club Night
  • Best Panto/Christmas Show
  • Time Out – 50 Most Iconic Places in London
  • 111 London Best Pubs & Bars
  • Industry Award – Outstanding Business Achievement

A vibrant and successful independent company who strives to provide consistently good cabaret and performance with both national artists and the best local artists showcasing their work. Royal Vauxhall Tavern is recognised in providing one of London’s most diverse What’s On programmes. Paul O’Grady as Lily Savage took to the stage in the late 1990’s and credible artists Gabrielle, Bucks Fizz – (The Fizz), Liberty X, Three Degrees, Sonia, Mica Paris, S Club, Toyah , T’Pau’s – Carol Decker, Mutya Buena and Belinda Carlisle.

On 2 October 2019 we were once again voted by the QX Cabaret Awards as Best Cabaret Venue. Many of our artists and promoters received category awards for their excellent work, Mary Mac – Best Drag Queen, Myra Dubois – Best Comedy Act, David Hoyle – Two Awards – Icon Award and Originality Award, Bar Wotever – Best Ongoing Cabaret, Rhys Pieces – Best Variety Act, Son of a TuTu – Best Host. All the award winners are regular artists and performers on stage at Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

In February 2019, Boyz industry awards, we were voted Best Cabaret Venue together with  8 other top awards for our entertainment and recognition for best cabaret acts, best artist, best venue, best bar staff, best DJ, best Panto and best Club night.

The diversity of our programming makes us the catalyst in London to attract the best cabaret, performance and club night artists and promoters from across the UK who want to be part of the best cabaret venue and what Royal Vauxhall Tavern has to offer.

Once again we are the venue of choice for many leading artists, promoters and the LGBTQ+ community. Open 7 nights a week we are recognised globally for providing an intimate venue in a theatre setting, with a fantastic centre stage, sound system and lighting system said to be one of the best in London. Artists say the setting perfects their performance.

No visit to vibrant Vauxhall or visitors to London could be complete without at least one drink at the famous Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern Virtual Tour

Opening times:

Mondays: 7pm – midnight
Tuesdays: 7pm – midnight
Wednesdays: 7pm – midnight
Thursdays: 7pm – midnight
Fridays: Early show 6pm – 9pm. Club nights 10pm – 4am
Saturdays: 9pm – 4am
Sundays: 4pm – 11pm

Dancing on the RVT stage is at your own risk.


The Royal Vauxhall Tavern