Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Black Cap
I've written before about the gradual disappearance of some of London's historic pubs. With real estate prices so high and development opportunities abundant -- especially for pub buildings, which are often quite ornate and stylish -- the pubs themselves often come under tremendous financial pressure.
Here's a pub that closed back in 2015. The Black Cap had the added distinction of being a well-known LGBTQ venue, featuring drag performers and cabaret acts. The pub was made an Asset of Community Value (ACV), a government designation that's supposed to help protect pubs from redevelopment, but sadly that distinction couldn't keep it open.
I'd been reading about this pub for a while but didn't know quite where it was until I happened to walk past it on Sunday.
This rather dandy-looking fellow is perched up by the roof. (Not the pigeon, though he's dandy too.)
Apparently The Black Cap's owners had applied to convert the two floors above the pub into flats, but their application was rejected. I gotta say, those look like they would be amazing flats, although one wonders about noise levels, especially with drag performances going on downstairs!
At least they didn't simply tear the place down.
There's now a public campaign to buy out the pub and keep it open. Fingers crossed!