London’s centre of intrigue and scandal

As seen in Netflix’s Bridgerton, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens was once at the heart of the capital’s nightlife and a centre for scandalous liaisons and secretive assignations.
A flash of green amid traffic-choked roads, elevated railway lines and anonymous high-rise apartment and office blocks, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens is a well-kept but unremarkable south London park. When I visited on a sunny spring afternoon, wildflowers dotted the grass and shouts sounded from the football pitch. At the edge of the seven-acre park, mesmerised […]

Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy finds his home at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern

I moved to London in 2000; a naive country boy fleeing the final act of a twelve year relationship, in the hope of establishing fresh roots and a new way of being. After a number of failed attempts to ground myself socially, I was reverentially advised by a handsome Soho stranger (there were so many in those early days it seemed) to head ‘sarf of the river’ to the ‘Royal Vauxhall Tavern’.
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Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Our promo video, featuring RVT CEO James Lindsay, Myra DuBois, King Frankie Sinatra, Cerise Rei, our BEEFMINCE boys, and the wonderful people who make up the RVT Family.


Following the Government’s most recent announcements we are now able to start welcoming back cabaret acts and live performance events to The RVT. We are not allowed to bring back our hugely popular club nights yet, but we are working with all our promoters and acts to do what we can and The RVT remains a safe and welcoming place for every member of the LGBTQ+ community. Keep an eye on this website and our social media for more news. […]