The famous Black Cap pub in Camden Town has been saved from
redevelopment by local residents and famous faces alike.
Owners Faucet Inn had applied for planning permission to convert the
upper floors of the popular High Street pub into three flats, which would have
led to the closure of the first-floor bar and terrace.
But a campaign by regulars and Soap actress Michelle Collins of
Coronation Street and EastEnders fame, has led to the Town Hall's planning
department rejecting the application.
The pub is a much-valued space for the neighborhood and it was
considered that the loss of the pub and restaurant use at first floor would be
detrimental to the gay and lesbian community for whom this is a key meeting
The Black Cap has served the gay community for more than 60 years and is
considered by many to be a genuine landmark in Camden Town.
"This is a great pub with a wonderful history and serves the local gay
and straight community well," says Vatche Cherchian, manager at the Camden branch of
lettings agent Edmund Cude. "We are delighted that the
decision has been reached to preserve the pub for future generations to enjoy."