27 November 2023

Soho’s Iconic club G-A-Y Late set to shut permanently next month

The owner of the legendary venue said that keeping it open was a “losing battle”.

Whether you’re after great theatre, great restaurants, great bars or a great night out, Soho is the go-to place for many Londoners on the hunt for a good time. It’s jam-packed full of historic venues, pints, chit chat and good people but one of the most iconic in the neighbourhood is about to close for good. 

Jeremy Joseph, owner of iconic LGBTQ+ London venues Heaven and G-A-Y Bar, announced the planned closure of his third location, G-A-Y Late, on social media over the weekend.

The gay bar is located on Goslett Yard, right at the heart of Soho, and has been a legendary part of the neighbourhood’s LGBTQ+ scene, but in his post, Joseph said that keeping the place open was a “losing battle”.

He explains that “the last few years have been extremely difficult” and the club was struggling due to several external pressures. Building works in the St Giles and Denmark Street area have surrounded the venue and made keeping it open an “impossibility”. 

Night Time Industries Association CEO Michael Kill told the NME the closure was a “profound loss for the LGBTQ community in the capital, as the venue has been a cherished place for years.”

According to the NME, a recent study showed 35 independent nightlife venues are lost each week. And sadly, it’s not just clubs that are suffering – by the end of the first half of 2024, 750 British pubs might have closed. 

Thankfully, no staff from G-A-Y Late have lost their jobs, as all will be able to continue working either at G-A-Y Bar or Heaven. And excitingly, G-A-Y Bar will now stay open later, until 1am, and Heaven will have increased capacity and wheelchair access. 

Fancy saying a late-night goodbye to G-A-Y Late one last time? It will be permanently closing its doors on Sunday 10th December.

  • Writer Chris Saunders

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