London gay club The Hoist is closing

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The venue which existed for 21 year has announced its closure. Rumors of the club’s closure were for last weeks but only yesterday in an email mail-out to members, monthly club Hard-On announced that ‘due to the Hoist closing down’, its next party will take place 17 December at Protocol, located at nearby venue Fire.

The club’s owner told Gay Star News: ‘We haven’t been forced out of the venue and business hasn’t been bad. In fact, in recent weeks, business has been incredible. In all honesty, we opened the Hoist 21 years ago: it was going to originally be for just two years. That turned into seven years, and then ten years, then 12, then 15. Now, after 21 years, me and Kurt [former partner] have simply had enough. We decided to do an Abba – and go out at our peak! We wanted to go out on a high. It’s been great but I’ve had enough. I’m 56 next week and I live a quiet life in rural Norfolk with my husband and two dogs. We’re closing on Sunday 11 December. We negotiated with Network Rail to get out of our lease. They’ve been a decent landlord. They are not, as far as I understand, wanting to lease it to another nightclub business.’ We had a great 21 years but we’re happy to walk away.’

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