BROMPTONS BOWS OUT

We’re actually surprised (a bit) by how little people we’ve talked
to care. As a gay man you don’t look at venues like Bromptons like
straight people who stop going out at 31 usually during November. You
look at venues as somewhere to see out your days as that’s what we do
as gay men: socialise even when we’ve long since given up on he gym and
just want a quiet pint with your top on. So to lose even one venue like
Bromptons is a tragedy… we reckon on this current vein of insane
thinking.

So, sadly the demise of local clubs continues apace and we worry for
what this means for those other joys, Ted’s Place and the Coleherne.
Cockroach infested yes, but local. Could we one day end up with just
two gay villages, Soho and Vauxhall? Are we doomed to getting cabs when
we want a pint in the ghetto? Thank God for the credit crunch and
alleged imminent property "adjustment" that will hopefully save many a
stalwart from being turned into luxury flats.

0 Comments

  1. Tony Tansley

    April 8, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Bromptons was always one of those places I found myself when I had nowhere else to go or everything else was closed. I remember many years ago that the toilets were notorious for sex and they shortened the doors top and bottom so much there was hardly any wood left to close. It was always there for a day out in Earls Court. Sunning and cruising in Bromptons Cemetary then onto the dark, squalid Coleherne and onto Bromptons for late night dancing, then a night bus back to town…….Even though it turned into a dump, it will be sadly missed.

  2. George Discodamaged

    April 8, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    I’ll miss Bromptons too. So will Michael, Duncan, Nick, Dave, David, Steve, Thorn and many others. That ladies toilet was ridiculous – it was a ‘darkroom’ at one time. And they always thew you out at 2am so you could get up the next day feeling human. Cant some rich gay guy buy it? Like they did with the RVT. Look what a success that has become.

  3. isaac77

    April 9, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    As a regular visitor to London from Cornwall this is a huge and sad loss. From a guy who struggled with his sexuality Bromptons payed a huge part in providing a venue which was not at all intimidating or pretentious for a lad from a rural town. Its close proximity to Earls Court as a concert venue was perfect (although the O2 seems to be the now preferred concert venue). Returned to Bromptons at the beginning of the year with my boyfriend and was really important for me to show him where i’d got my head around who i was. Maybe sentimental but if only there were more clubs like this in London, places with a great mix of people and music which are relaxed and non pretentious. We went back there this weekend because we really enjoyed it and were gutted to see the doors locked up. We were at a loss to find anywhere else like it. Historically i understand that Earls Court is important as a gay area. Lets hope that the doors re-open soon…anyone know the likelihood of this?

  4. isaac77

    April 9, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    As a regular visitor to London from Cornwall this is a huge and sad loss. From a guy who struggled with his sexuality Bromptons payed a huge part in providing a venue which was not at all intimidating or pretentious for a lad from a rural town. Its close proximity to Earls Court as a concert venue was perfect (although the O2 seems to be the now preferred concert venue). Returned to Bromptons at the beginning of the year with my boyfriend and was really important for me to show him where i’d got my head around who i was. Maybe sentimental but if only there were more clubs like this in London, places with a great mix of people and music which are relaxed and non pretentious. We went back there this weekend because we really enjoyed it and were gutted to see the doors locked up. We were at a loss to find anywhere else like it. Historically i understand that Earls Court is important as a gay area. Lets hope that the doors re-open soon…anyone know the likelihood of this?

  5. Andrew

    April 9, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    George why don’t you buy it?

    Anyway yes it is a shame. by bye bromptons

  6. Tony Tansley

    April 10, 2008 at 2:31 AM

    Well, if I can find out what’s happened i might have a buyer if it’s not been sold to a property developer!

  7. bogof

    April 10, 2008 at 3:24 AM

    Rumour has it that Railtrack are rebuilding all the arches around Southwark which means MANBAR will have to relocate. Noticed one arch is already completed and they have just started knocking the one down next door. Seems like we are losing all the good cruise bars. Anyone tell us what’s happening and when?

  8. phil

    April 10, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Good point about our “gay villages” being limited to Soho and Vauxhall. I have the dubious pleasure of living in Walthamstow (yes, E17) and due to the absence of any local gay drinkeries since the last one burnt down it’s a journey of nearly an hour into town (door to door) and therefore either staying sober and driving home afterwards, or crashing at friends. Cabs are out of the question!

  9. nine to fiver

    April 10, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Some-one tells me this might be interlinked with the collapse of a property based hedge fund (credit crunch and all that goes with it)???? Can someone please advise if there is any truth to this scenario.

    I agree with Phil’s and others comments about the demise of the local but today’s generation seem to prefer the pretence of posing outside a bar in Soho where ‘the streets are paved with gold’.

  10. Barkingboy

    November 18, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    I loved Bromptons , particularly the Sunday strippers, and was sorry to see it close. It’s a decent size, neare the tube and should be viable as a venue. I hope it can reopen

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