Her Upstairs – an iconic queer cabaret venue, situated in Camden Town, London announced of its closure via social media. The venue had been operating since 2016 in the building, where previously was another gay venue – Bloc Bar. It was run by queer people and positioned itself as an open place for everyone, who wants to enjoy its shows and the queer company. A schedule of queer entertainment was packed with different cabaret shows and drag performances. It their Facebook post, owners of Her Upstairs stated: “We announce that Her Upstairs is no longer open for business with a big sadness. Unfortunately, it is prohibited by law to reveal the details of our closure. But more than anything, we are disappointed with the fact that all our guests will have no chance to say goodbye to their beloved venue, as it has happened very rapidly.” In the end of their message, they added “This is a goodbye for the present, but not a farewell! Stay tuned and we will meet very soon!” Regulars of the venue were extremely saddened with the news and agreed on the crucial need of such venues in London. Many expressed hopes that Her Upstairs will soon find a new home and invite them for a grand re-opening.
Regrettably, but it has been a worrying tendency in London recently. During the past few years, several LGBTQ venues had to close their doors forever due to the rise in property pricing. Only in 2016, two oldest gay bars - The Queen’s Head and Shadow Lounge vanished from the streets of London. In a while, another two iconic LGBTQ venues – Kazbar and Fabric have ceased to function. Only Molly Moggs, which had been set to close, succeeded to re-open as a The Compton Cross, in large part by support from London Night Czar Amy Lamé. At any rate, numerous visitors of Her Upstairs strongly hope that the venue will start the next chapter at a new home in the near future.