The UK’s First LGBT+ Retirement Community Will Open In London This Year

Tonic Housing will open the first properties in Vauxhall this summer.

London will be home to another historic first this summer, as the UK’s first LGBT+ affirming retirement community opens in Vauxhall. Tonic Housing has completed the purchase of nineteen properties at Bankhouse, a dedicated older living housing development overlooking the River Thames at Albert Embankment. It’s a historic step, with Tonic calling it “a major milestone for LGBT+ housing as there is no LGBT+ affirming provision with care currently in operation in the UK, despite there being a clearly defined need and demand from within the LGBT+ community.” [Featured image: Tonic Housing]

At long last, older members of the LGBT+ community will have an assisted living space that caters to their identities and communities, with Tonic promising to collaborate with residents on events and activities that fit their interests. The properties are a mix of one and two-bedroom homes, which all sit within the Norman Foster-designed development. Bankhouse also includes an on-site restaurant, a floating roof garden, and roof terrace with views over Central London. Our fave floating bar Tamesis Dock is handily placed nearby, too.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, provided support in the form of a £5.7 million loan from the GLA Community Housing Fund, money which will now help to create a vital space for older LGBT+ individuals and couples. The new development also builds on the excellent efforts of charities such as Opening Doors London, who’ve done crucial work in helping care homes and hospitals understand the needs of ageing LGBT+ people. It’s another huge step forward in making the capital a kinder, more inclusive space for all, and we’re extremely here for it.

The first properties will go on sale this spring, and you can find out more here.

Also published on Medium.

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