The number of venues for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer Londoners has fallen to 53 from , a loss of nearly 60 percent since , according to an audit by the Urban Laboratory at University College London. London's mayor, Sadiq Khan said urgent action needed to be taken in light of the "shocking" statistics, as the British capital prepares to celebrate Pride weekend. Many LGBT pubs and nightclubs are thriving businesses but rent hikes from landlords and construction for London housing and public transport projects have forced many to close their doors, the report said. Some of the city's iconic gay bars, such as the Black Cap pub in north London and the Joiners Arms to the east, have closed down as part of plans to redevelop them. Petitions and protests at the closure of historic central London venues have drawn support from hundreds of patrons, but they have limited power to resist large property owners and off-shore investors leading redevelopment projects, the report said.
Gay bars in London - the best LGBT bars and pubs - Time Out
London is the most visited city in Europe, with over 15 million visitors every year. The gay area has adapted to it and many of the gay bars in London share the streets with Deli shops, high standard restaurants and five-star hotels. However, the saturation of the city center has boosted the rise of new gay areas around the city. Nowadays, the gay bars of London are not only in Soho. Finally, the trendiest neighborhoods of the capital, Shoreditch and Dalston, are getting relevant in the local gay life.
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