Someone once said, 'the man who's bored of gay London is probably straight'. Actually nobody said that, but being bored and gay in London is pretty rare with the biggest gay scene in the world. London being London, there are plenty of gay pubs to choose from.
Nicknamed "The Juaners" thanks to a recent armada of Spanish regulars, this pub is one long bar and a very sticky, roomy dancefloor. If you're up for a big night, arrive at around 10pm to beat the queues and hefty entrance fee. Tuesdays' karaoke night is not to be missed.
Each performer was wearing an architectural model on their head, and instead of lip-syncing, they were reading out snippets of planning and licensing documents. The event had been organised by the architecture academics Ben Campkin and Lo Marshall as a riff on the famous Beaux Arts Ball in New York, at which attendees dressed as the Chrysler building and the Waldorf Astoria hotel. They have been analysing the changing landscape of the queer community in London sinceand dragged up once again in front of the press at the Whitechapel Gallery to mark the opening of Queer Spaces: London, s—Today.
Amazing night last night with the drag bingo, please do it again it was beyond amazing and funny. Great staff and atmosphere. Easily one of the friendliest and enjoyable gay venues in Soho I have been too after my experience last night! Missing you Stephanie Huck!
I will be visiting London this weekend from Friday-Sunday with 3 friends. None of us know anything about the gay scene in London. We'll be staying in the Earl's Court area but I know we will probably want to go to Soho.
Start with a quiet pub lunch and end with a drag queen basement disco. Whether you're looking for a relaxed pub lunch, a bar to impress special someone, or an all-out drag queen disco, there's something to suit everybody. But sometimes, with all that choice, it can be difficult to know where to start when looking for that perfect venue that's going to tick all the boxes.
And fear not, because when this door closes, another opens at G-A-Y Late. Located around the corner at 5 Goslett Yard, it offers a similar experience, but with a later licence and even louder pop songs. The downstairs alfresco area boasts sedate lighting, wooden banquettes and a fair bit of flora, giving things an almost bucolic feel.
Guests at Hungama at The Glory. Photo: Giordano Fetto, courtesy of The Glory. We're often told that Grindr and gentrification are killing the gay bar, and there's no escaping the fact that London's queer scene has constricted.
By Charlie Moore For Mailonline. London council planners have told developers that a new block of flats must include a gay bar - and they will send inspectors to check it's gay enough. Tower Hamlets bosses will only let the site of closed gay bar the Joiners Arms be built on if the developers promise to include a pub that will 'remain a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-focused venue for a minimum of 12 years'.
However, the range of lesbian and gay bars and clubs in London spans the city, from Vauxhall and Clapham, to gay bars in east London. All the best gay bars in London become busy on themed nights and weekends, as well as during the annual Pride in London festival. The more intimate sibling of the popular Leicester Square hangout, Ku Bar Soho is a great place for romantic drinks or people watching on Old Compton Street. Cocktails are the speciality at this cosy spot with gold decor, but you can also enjoy a refreshing choice of wines, beers and spirits.