In heaven

Drag Race winner makes history with choice of wedding venue in London

The Vivienne
L-R: David Ludford and James Lee Williams, aka The Vivienne (Photo: @thevivienne_ | Instagram)

Recent Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne has become the first person to marry at the UK’s most famous gay nightclub, Heaven in Charing Cross, London.

Heaven opened its doors in 1979 and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. It is the host venue for G-A-Y , one of Europe’s biggest and most well-known gay promotions.

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Earlier this year, Heaven applied for a marriage license. On Sunday, it put that license to use for the first time. It hosted the nuptials of Liverpool drag star The Vivienne, real name James Lee Williams, and partner David Ludford, who acts as his PA.

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Williams won the first season of Drag Race UK, which ended last month. A second season has already been commissioned.

The men were married on stage, while friends and family watched from tables set on the dancefloor. From Instagram stories posted from those present, the club was transformed for the event. Among the guests were fellow RPDR queens Blu Hydrangea, Cheryl Hole and Gothy Kendoll.

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Cabaret was provided by Chad Michaels, a former contestant on RPDR in the US and All Stars. Williams said: “Just a dream come true. The happiest day of our lives made a million times better. ICON, mentor, friend @chadmichaelsallstar”

The couple’s cake was prepared by John Whaite, a former winner of The Great British Bake Off.

Heaven owner and G-A-Y promoter Jeremy Joseph posted a photo of the men on stage, saying: “I Couldn’t Be More Happy Or More Proud Of @thevivienne_ & @luddy1990 fWho Got Married Today For Heaven’s First Wedding.”