One of central London's longest-standing gay venues has
announced that it will close at the end of this month, DIVA can
First Out Cafe Bar, which is located on St. Giles High Street
behind the famous Centre Point building, will continue to operate
until the end of October when it will close its doors for the final
According to sources, changes to the lease and rent increase are to
blame for the closure, which will see the popular eatery and bar
close after twenty-five years of service.
We confirmed the closure with staff at the venue - but they were
unable to provide a quote.
Popular with gay and bisexual women, First Out was regularly
featured in PinkPaper.com's Readers' Awards for Best Venue, but -
in recent years - endured considerable disruption as a result of
the Crossrail development in the surrounding area.
Former employees include broadcaster, writer and entertainer Amy