A brand new 750-capacity gay club is set to open in central London later this year. Circa, a popular gay bay in Soho, is expanding its brand to include The Hungerford House, formally Opal Bar. Hungerford House dates back to 1900 where it initially functioned as a power station. Circa plans to reinstate its old name and give it a gay make-over.
“After working on the London gay scene for over a decade and witnessing its slow decline I am very proud and excited that Circa is here to say that the London LGBTQ+ scene is far from over!” Circa owner Alan Winter said in a statement. “We look forward to giving our community a sparkling new space that’s safe, stylish and most importantly fun!”
Like many other cities around the globe, London has seen a steady decline in its LGBT+ nightlife. Almost 50 percent of all LGBT+ bars and clubs have shut their doors over the last decade in London.
Amy Lamé, London’s Night Czar, welcomes the new addition to the city’s legendary nightlife: “The Mayor and I are clear that LGBT+ venues are a fundamental part of London’s vibrant nightlife and culture. Over the past decade, the capital has lost more than half of its LGBT+ venues, which is why I’ve been tasked with stemming the flow of closures across the city.
“I’m delighted that Hungerford House will soon be throwing open its doors as London’s newest LGBT+ venue. I can’t wait to visit!”
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