London’s Black Cap

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The Black Cap pub in Camden Town has been a landmark on London’s gay scene for decades. Famed for its drag shows, both Danny La Rue and Hinge and Bracket started their careers at the Black Cap.

Writing in The Guardian, Ben Walters notes:

… Camden council considers another application that would convert the upper bar of The Black Cap – where drag acts such as Danny La Rue and Hinge and Bracket started their careers – into flats.

The pub goes back to 1751, is named after a witch, and has been a gay bar since around 1965.

The application to close and convert the upper bar is particularly significant to gay history. It is called the Shufflewick Bar after one of the legendary performers, Mrs Shufflewick (Rex Jameson) whose performances were often attended by Charles Hawtrey, Barry Humphries and Barry Cryer.

George Frederick Joffre Hartree (Charles Hawtrey) was born on 30 November 1914 and died on 27 October 1988.

Barry Charles Cryer OBE was born on 23 March 1935.

John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE was born on 17 February 1934.

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