London’s iconic Heaven nightclub gained protected status

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The Charing Cross gay nightclub, which has been in operation for more than 4 decades was one of the latest LGBT+ venues to gain ‘Asset of Community Value’ status which means that the venue is not going to be sold to property developers. The protected status, which was previously granted to London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern amid a battle against redevelopment, gives the community ‘first dibs’ on purchasing the venue in case if it is put for sale. Westminster City Council granted Asset of Community Value status to Heaven last month after pressure from the Night Time Industry Association. Previously the club had been granted permission to operate as a wedding venue for its 40th anniversary. It is allowed to perform weddings and civil partnership ceremonies when it does not function as a nightclub and no alcoholic drinks are sold.

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