The Intrepid Conservatory

By Talia Last edited 129 months ago
The Intrepid Conservatory
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We just got sent the above photo in a text message. Yes, it's a bit of a shonky photo, but it makes us very excited - it's a tale of two pubs.

Once upon a time there was a wonderous pub just behind Centre Point called The Conservatory. Stocked with a bar full of very cheap drinks (£4.50 for a bottle of wine in W1??), an amazing table football kit and a quiz machine, The Conservatory was a perfect, cheap hangout for London's lesbian and gay community and their friends. Above the pub was another floor called The Vespa Lounge, a lesbian bar, serving as an alternative to The Candy Bar, which welcomed women of all styles and ages to hang out, play pool, watch comedy and have a boogie. Then, earlier in 2006, the owners decided they wanted to sell the pub and The Conservatory and Vespa shut their doors for the very last time.

About ten minutes walk away on Wardour Street in Soho, The Intrepid Fox pub was a landmark for the alternative/goth/rock London community. A pub had been on the site since 1784, but in August a rich man came along and offered the freeholders a lot of money to turn the pub into flats much to the anger of it's regulars and staff. Petitions were raised but to no avail. The pub shut in September vowing to return.

And now, it seems it has! Moving into The Conservatory puts The Intrepid Fox in a ideal pre-gig location, 2 minutes away from the crumbling pits of the Astoria and Mean Fiddler. Rumour has it, the pub holders have bought all three floors of the former gay venue and have turned the Vespa into a mini band venue.

The Hideout Store's blog has some great photos of the old Fox including some amusing biro grafitti saying "Bring it back you cunts!". Well, they've done just that. Check their listings and we'll see you down there for a pint.

Last Updated 12 December 2006

Mike

We should have a meet up there soon.

We'll need special RAWK names.

You shall be MetTalia.

Jo

Oh YES!!!! This is brilliant news - and I will be using it for pre-gig drinks VERY soon. Thanks for making my day, Talia!

john K

Yes, yes, yes. But where's the big gay £4.50 bottle of wine moved to?

Edwin

Fantastic! The fox lives on..and what a place to move to? What can be said? Tackiness breeds tackiness.

Also thanks for linking The Hideout Outlook too, the post and my pics are also at my own blog now:
http://edwinmak.com/?p=16

Edwin

Fantastic! The fox lives on..and what a place to move to? What can be said? Tackiness breeds tackiness.

Also thanks for linking The Hideout Outlook too, the post and my pics are also at my own blog now:
http://edwinmak.com/?p=16

Talia

I was rather bizarrely on your blog reading your Simply Botiful post at the exact moment you posted that. Freaky.

ManMoon

How cool, new Fox is back on, full of powerful metal, alcohol, interesting folks and skulls. It's so busy on fridays and saturdays, and getting drinks seems easier than in the old one. Definitely, the place to go for every metal head. The only glitch is a Polish barmaid ( short, fat, and long, dark hair, nervous type ). For no reason, she gets abusive and starts swearing at other Polish people in Polish language, so the rest of the staff would not even realize what she is saying. I understand, she must have some issues behind, but insulting random customers does not seem to be a good treatment. That said, everyone else in the pub, bartenders, security, is friendly or at least calm and professional. There are also many toilets in a relatively good condition, so no long queuing is neccessary. Ok, see ya there !