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The 1, capacity club, which has been open for 19 years, is one of London's oldest gay clubbing institutions, and the last gay club in the capital's Southwark area. XXL club owners recently lost a court appeal with investors Native Land, who are backing the plan for apartments, a hotel, an office building and shops above the club's railway arch location and on the neighbouring land. XXL has been given three months to vacate the premises, with investors sharing that the famous railway arches will be for 'as-yet-undecided cultural uses'.
Southwark Council will work with the promoters of gay club night XXL to find it a new home in the borough as it faces relocation to make way for a new development, a cabinet member has said. XXL operates on two nights a week from the Pulse club in railway arches near Blackfriars Bridgewhich are going to be redeveloped along with the adjacent Ludgate House and Sampson House sites. Now Southwark Council says it will do what it could to find the club night a new home, after the club promoter Mark Ames met with Cllr Johnson Situ and the head of planning.
XXL is a twice-weekly club night held from Pulse club. Housed in the railway arches near Blackfriars Bridge. The patch of estate, along with the adjacent Ludgate House and Sampson House sites, are set to be part of a redevelopment program. Meeting minutes show that the deputy leader and cabinet member for equalities, Councillor Rebecca Lury, said the council has no control over private developments which host LGBTI nightlife.
We are situated on the South Bank by Blackfriars Station in a vast space made up of five interconnecting arches. The main space holds 1, people and consists of a dance floor, projection video screens, a stage and state-of-the-art sound system playing cutting edge, underground and contemporary remixes. The second space holds people and has the same high-end tech facilities playing pop favourites, gay anthems and classic tunes.
Both Mr McNeil and co-founder Mark Ames asked if the illegality of gay sex in both Asian countries has anything to do with the project. But Mr McNeil says this is because a planning tribunal had already asserted their right to carry on as a gay club. The club now has three months to shut up shop and make way for the project which will be built over railway arches and on nearby land.
This has had a hugely negative affect on the LGBTQ community with more and more people feeling displaced and less visible. XXL BEACON will work in partnership with leading well-being charities offering them regular space in the venue to work one-on-one with clients, conduct workshops and offer drop-in advice sessions. Whist the wider cultural programme will offer people the opportunity to create and celebrate through a variety of cross art-form projects. Collectively this will begin to address some of these negative experiences.
XXL is a gay nightclub in London which primarily caters to the bear sub-group. They separated inafter which Mark purchased his ex-partner's share of the club. It is the largest dedicated "bear" venue in the United Kingdom and the world.
This week, developers backed by investors from Malaysia and Singapore gave the club three months to wind up after its owners lost a court appeal. Forty jobs will go at the club, which has been operating for 19 years. We are one of the few venues serving the plus community. It is a prime site with Thames frontage and is close to Tate Modern.