Black Cap Foundation

Secure the future of The Black Cap public house in Camden Town as a safe place of entertainment for the LGBTQ+ community. We are currently working to re-open The Black Cap as a Community Benefit Society. Take our survey to let us know your thoughts on becoming a shareholder of the Black Cap.

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Why The Black Cap?

Welcome to #WeAreTheBlackCap, a grassroots community group campaigning to re-open the iconic LGBT+ cabaret and bar in Camden Town as a community-owned space. The Black Cap has been a historic LGBTQ+ performance arts focused pub, club, cabaret venue and basically community space that has been creating a safe and thriving environment for LGBTQ+ people. #WeAreTheBlackCap is working to ensure the fully accessible building is still a community-owned resource to nurture queer culture and community, support LGBTQ+ people, including the most marginalized among us, and invite Camden and beyond to meet and celebrate LGBTQ+ people on their own terms.

The site has been a pub for over 350 years, and the existing building, with its unique gabled facade and bust of Mother Black Cap, was built in the 1870s. The Black Cap became a hub for the LGBT+ community in the early 1960s, offering gay men a refuge before the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in 1967.

Its current owner abruptly shuttered The Black Cap in 2015, and we have been working since then to re-open one of the few remaining landmarks of historical, cultural, and artistic value for the LGBTQ+ community.

The Campaign

#WeAreTheBlackCap mobilized immediately following the pub’s closure, and continues to fight through several approaches:

Asset of Community Value designation

Camden Council designated The Black Cap an Asset of Community Value in 2015, which means that any future owner must use the space as an LGBTQ+ pub, club, and cabaret venue.

Weekly Vigils

Our team holds vigils before the coveted The Black Cap on 171 Camden High Street every Saturday2-4 p.m., rain or shine, raising awareness, collecting signatures for a petition to the owner of The Black Cap to re-open the community public house. To this date, we have collected 14,375 signatures.

Special Events

We still celebrate at The Black Cap – just outside it. Check our events page for upcoming parties, sing-a-longs, and performances outside the pub.

Where We Are Now

In 2019, The Black Cap was put up for sale. #WeAreTheBlackCap is fundraising £3 million to purchase the pub and partner with an LGBTQ+ operator to operate it. Donate