The first pubco to sign a new charter that aims to protect the capital's gay pubs and bars, will reopen a popular London bar this summer.
The Marmalade Pub Company will reopen Molly Moggs, an LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender & sexual minorities) pub based in Soho, and will name it the Compton Cross.
The group is the first pub company to sign up to the LGBT+ Venues Charter, set up by London mayor, Sadiq Kahn, so that owners and developers can commit to measures to protect their venues as openly gay.
It said it will be a “stylish and vibrant bar” which serves cocktails and craft beers.
It has also said it will work with London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, to ensure that the Compton Cross is a “fully inclusive and welcoming venue for all members of the local community and visitors to the area.”
Co-founder of the Marylebone Leisure Group, which has partnered with Ei Group to launch the Marmalade Pub Company, Lawrence Santi, said: “Soho is an incredibly vibrant area of London and we are so excited to be launching our first venue there.
“Molly Moggs has traditionally been positioned as an LGBT+ venue and we fully recognise the importance of this status for local people.”
Despite this, some customers have taken to social media to express concerns.
So no shows then. ANOTHER lgbtq venue ruined for the benefit of the "straight" masses. Disgraceful— TheBoyz (@thelondonboyz) July 6, 2017
While others have praised the pub company for signing up to the charter.