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The owners of the popular gay bar, The Joiners Arms, has been told its property lease will not be renewed in 2015.

The building in Hackney that has housed The Joiners Arms since 1997 will be demolished to make way for an apartment block.

It’s been a tough few years for the bar, who successfully fought a license revocation from the Metropolitan Police, who claimed that crime could be reduced in the area if the bar shut at 12:30am each night.

The bar’s website now reads: “The Joiners Arms has won renown as a friendly, safe and welcoming venue. We were – and remain – the very first pub to sign up to the Living Wage as a minimum for all its staff.

“The bar, which has been under the same management since becoming a gay venue in 1997, has unsuccessfully been seeking an alternative venue to host.”

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