Throughout March a captivating project on the edge of Covent Garden is recreating a bohemian 1930s gay members’ club. And it’s a genuine must-visit.
‘Queer City: London Club Culture 1918-1967’, in collaboration with the National Trust, re-imagines the capital’s ‘most bohemian rendezvous’, The Caravan, at Freud’s bar, almost the exact location of the original club.Promoted as ‘the most unconventional spot in town’, The Caravan was a queer-friendly members’ club which was raided and closed by police in 1934.
Photos, court reports, police papers and witness statements on The Caravan and other clubs of the era re-create the bohemian interior of the underground club.
And we highly recommend an evening visit, a smokily immersive theatrical experience from the minute you step through door. Choose from a bespoke cocktail menu (the negroni-esque Hanky Panky served in a tea cup is particularly recommended) and lap up all manner of burlesque performances, saucy 1930s singsongs and bucketloads of witty banter – both on the banquettes and in crepuscular corners.
Read an interview with a LGBT campaigner Andrew Lumsden here, one of the founders of the Gay Liberation Front
Our pick of other events during LBGT History Month is here.