It's true: London's gay nightlife is still some of the the best that the capital has to offer. From searching for gay bars or hunting around Soho, you're bound to find somewhere that ticks all your boxes. And then there's those late-night antics that might make you miss the last train.

Whether you want to throw some shapes to Britney and Beyonc?, lip-sync with drag queens in what used to be a strip club or fist-pump the night away in a leather harness under the railway arches, you really can go out and stay out when it comes to London's LGBT clubs. Here are our picks of the top ten gay and lesbian clubs in London – and be sure to check out our guide to LGBT London, too.
London has a vast clubbing scene that serves any taste and style of music you can think of. To keep this page manageable for travellers, we have limited it to the most popular gay clubs and parties. If you need a more complete list of all the hundreds of gay parties, grab a copy of London's weekly gay magazine QX.

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G-A-Y Bar

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W1D 4UR,30 Old Compton Street,London

One of the "gayest" bars in the heart of London. Organizes events almost every weekend.
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Central Station bar & restaurant

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N1 9SD,37 Wharfdale Road,London

Central Station has evolved into a bar, restaurant, boutique bed and breakfast establishment,and exciting nightspot in the regenerated bustling King’sCross. During the night there are many shows and parties held @...
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Ku Bar

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W1D 5LB,25 Frith Street,London

Looking for somewhere to drink in style? Ku Bar on Frith Street, found just off Old Compton Street, is a chic intimate venue spread over three floors with a hidden basement bar that has many sections, including a...
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Royal Vauxhall Tavern

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31031,372 Kennington Lane,London

The Vauxhall Tavern is recognised as providing a unique and welcoming environment to an eclectic crowd. The Vauxhall Tavern team are committed to ensure your visit is both enjoyable and fun, providing you with...
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The Admiral Duncan

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W1D 4UD,54 Old Compton Street,London

The Admiral Duncan, a triumph of brash fun over basic flirting, this Soho stalwart attracts party-oriented punters to its one-room bar in the middle of Old Compton Street. Known locally and internationally as an...
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Comptons (of) Soho

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W1D 6HN,51-53 Old Compton Street,London

The Grande Dame Of Old Compton Street! One of the most popular gay venues in Soho. Every weeknight is a party night. Popular DJs come to Comptons Bar and play the best music. Located near tube station: Piccadilly...
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The Duke of Wellington

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N1 4BL,119 Balls Pond Road,London

The Duke of Wellington public house has sat on the same site since around 1842. We serve a wide range of real ales, beers, ciders, and carefully selected wines, while hosting the most exciting and delicious culinary...
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Freedom

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W1F,60-66 Wardour Street,London

Freedom is a stylish and sophisticated Bar and Club, located on Wardour Street, in the heart of London’s Soho.
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Friendly Society

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W1D 6QB,79 Wardour Street,London

A cozy place in Soho, London. Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square
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G-A-Y Late

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WC2H 0EQ,12 Goslett Yard,London

G-A-Y Lite is a nightclub that works every night 7 days a week. Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road Station
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George & Dragon

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SE10 8DE,2 Blackheath Hill,London

Well hello! You've stumbled upon the cyber-residence of South East London's premiere late-night cabaret venue - The George & Dragon. Check out who's appearing on our stage in the coming weeks. We look forward to...
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Halfway to Heaven

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WC2N, 7 Ducannon Street,London

BOYZ Award winning cabaret bar in the heart of central London. LGBT Bar situated between Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square. Upstairs is a traditional warm, friendly pub serving great cask ales and lagers...
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King William IV

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NW3 1RE,77 Hampstead High Street,London

King William IV, British pub located in Hampstead High street is typical pub that offers variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and variety of domestic and foreign beer brands. Besides drinks, there's also...
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Retro Bar

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WC2N, George Court,London

The West End's friendliest gay bar - DJs, speed dating, quizzes, comedy and more! Nearest tube station: Charing Cross Underground
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Rupert Street

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W1D,50-52 Rupert Street,London

Rupert Street is Located in the heart of Soho proudly serving the Gay Scene. Open Daily from Midday till Midnight Happy Hour - Midday till 8pm Every day Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus / Leicester Square...
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The Shadow Lounge

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W1F 0RF,5-7 Brewer Street,London

A sophisticated, premium gay club based in the heart of Soho, London. The Shadow Lounge is an award winning club with its international DJ line up and headlining performers and dancers in London’s gay scene making it a...
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The Village (Soho)

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W1D 6QD,81 Wardour Street,London

The Village has become a firm fixture on Soho's gay scene since opening in 1991. The Village was the first of its kind to be opened in London and since then there have been dozens of bars who have copied its successful...
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Yard Bar

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W1D 7PL,57 Rupert Street,London

Nestled in an intimate courtyard tucked away off Rupert St The Yard is a welcoming retreat for the hustle and bustle of busy London with a heated, beautiful garden courtyard bar and comfortable balconied loft bar,...
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Heaven

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WC2N,7-14 Villiers Street,London

World's most famous gay nightclub London clubland in the 1970s was a fairly dismal place. It compared very unfavourably with New York and many european cities and the concept of ‘clubbing’ as we understand the term...
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New Bloomsbury Set

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WC1H 9SF,25 Tavistock Place,London

NBS is a friendly independent bar open 7 days a week...
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Circa

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W1D 3JN,62 Frith Street,London

Opened in 2011, Circa has become the bar with the hottest crowds and all boys in the know. With it’s big leather sofas, it’s the place to chill on Sundays and the place to party every night of the week in the brightly...
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Exilio

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N19 3TD,1 Archway Road,London

Legendary Latino gay club in London. Grand (re)opening on 16th of April this year. Come to feel the Latino vibes, enjoy the musica and meet new friendly people @ Exilio.
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The White Swan

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47601,108 Fetter Lane,London

Located in the City, we are spread across three floors, housing a ground floor traditional pub with a mezzanine level and a first floor dining room.
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The Backstreet

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E3,1 Wentworth Mews,London

Located in the heart of London's East End, The Backstreet opens from Thursday to Sunday every week, as well as running parties and special events. The club's dress code is among the strictest of its kind anywhere,...
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The Glory

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31548,281 Kingsland Road,London

We are a Queer and alternative East End pub, London nightlife spot and performance mecca. The Glory is home to a juggernaut of performers, partygoers and local creatives. We play host to a whole carousel of...
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The Old Ship

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E14 7NW,23 Barnes Street,London

Traditional style pub. Busy with friendly staff, good range of beers and fun atmosphere with a friendly crowd and pool room.
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The Bridge

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023 34,Voltaire Road 8,London

The Bridge is one of the most popular gay venues of South London. It is a sophisticated gay wine bar located in Clapham. Nearest tube station: Clapham North
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The Two Brewers

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SW4 7TB,114 Clapham High Street,London

The Two Brewers is very famous Clapham gay venue. The most famous thing about The Two Brewers is the cabaret held there often. Tube: Clapham North / Clapham Common
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Kazbar

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SW4 7UL,50 Clapham High Street,London

A super cool friendly video bar south of the river in cosmopolitan CLAPHAM. Happy Hours 17:00 to 21:00 17:00 to 21:00 17:00 to 21:00 17:00 to 21:00 Nearest tube station: Clapham North
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Kings Arms

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W1F 8QJ,23 Poland Street,London

Enjoy comfortable surroundings and real ales in this traditional Soho pub which features on the gay scene. Dance and have fun to music supplied by a live resident DJ on Saturdays from 8.30pm till 12am, and have a...
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Eagle London

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SE11 5JA,0 Durham Street,London

A landmark in the city's club scene, Eagle stands proudly as the most eclectic and inclusive venue gay London has to offer. Whether it’s dancing with house divas, drinking with your mates or meeting porn stars, the...
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The Hoist

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SW8 1TW,47c South Lambeth Road,London

The Hoist is located in Vauxhall, London (Zone 1) and is easily accessible by public transport. Tube Vauxhall is on the Victoria Line (zone 1). Exit the station via Exit 1, go through the rail station booking...
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Vauxhall Griffin

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SW8 2TH,8 Wyvil Road,London

Established in 2007, The Vauxhall Griffin is an independently run traditional pub serving great food, lagers, wines and ales. We have been awarded 100% for our Cask Marque standard for 5 years consecutively. All our...
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The Prince Of Greenwich

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SE10 8RT,72 Royal Hill,London

The Prince of Greenwich is gay pub located in Greenwich, South London. The Prince Of Greenwich is a traditional english pub with a very cosy atmosphere and great Italian food. Come and visit!
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Vault (139)

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W1T 5EN,143 Whitfield Street,London

Vault is a gay cruise bar and nightclub in North London. It is very quiet and discreet. This bar, popular among gays of all age is very dedicated to give you unforgettable experience. They often organize events, mostly...
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Bloc Bar

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NW1,184 Camden High Street,London

After the closure of long-standing Camden LGBT venue The Black Cap – and other venue closures around London – it's encouraging to find that new venues are actually still opening. Bloc Bar comes from the team behind...
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The Commercial Tavern

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E1 6NU,142 Commercial Street,London

Gay bar in London, near High Street tube station. It is pet friendly, too.
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Queen's Head

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SW3 3LG,27 Tryon Street,London

Given its tucked-away position in a quaint side street off the King's Rd in villagey Chelsea, it's hard to believe the Queens Head was once one of London's key gay drinking destinations, harking back to the middle of...
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Union NightClub

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SE1 7TP,66 Albert Embankment,London

2 minutes from Vauxhall tube, rail and bus stations. Limited parking available on Goding Street and surrounding roads. Union is the only club in Vauxhall - and possibly London - where you can party every night of...
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The King's Head

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E2 8AS,257 Kingsland Road,London

The Kings Head was founded in March 2013 as a private members club in the heart of East London the creative capital of our City. Concealed beneath the façade of a derelict public house, The Kings Head provides our...
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Morning Gloryville

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E2,29 The Oval,London

Morning Gloryville ~ Rave Your Way Into The Day! is an immersive morning dance experience for those who dare to challenge norms & start their day in style! Page Info Address Oval Space 29-32 The Oval, E2...
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Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

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E2,5 Pollard Street,London

Tucked away off the beaten track (off Bethnal Green Road), just east of Shoreditch in London - that's where we are. Since 1953 we've been a real east-end Workingmen's Club and we like to HAVE A GOOD TIME! Infact we...
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Club XXL

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SE1, ,London

XXL London XXL has built a global reputation for offering all of its customers a friendly attitude and a value for money dance, cruise and booze night out. XXL is a weekly men-only club with a mixed following of...
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West Five Bar

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W5 4PA, Popes Lane,London

The gayest bar in South Ealing. https://twitter.com/west5ealing follow on Twitter to be in touch with the events here
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The Underground

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N1 9SD,37 Wharfdale Road,London

Beneath Central Station lies a world of darkness and mystery. Venture down the stairs to discover a world of sleaze (weekdays) or a party club on weekends.
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Fire

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SW8 1SU, South Lambeth Place,London

Massive, industrial-style railway arch nightclub with 3 neon-lit rooms hosting late-night DJs.
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Methodist Central Hall Westminster

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SW1H 9NH,1 Storey's Gate,London

The Methodist Central Hall, Westminster is a multi-purpose venue and tourist attraction in City of Westminster, London. It serves primarily as a Methodist church and a conference centre, but also as an art gallery and...
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The Vintage Emporium

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E1 6LF,14 Bacon Street,London

Retro boutique with a Victorian-style tearoom selling vintage clothing and home accessories.
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Royal Albert Hall, London

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SW7 2AN,4A Kensington Road,London

The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London, which holds the Proms concerts annually each summer since 1941. It has a capacity of up to 5,272 seats
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Troxy

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E1 0HX,490 Commercial Road,London

Troxy is an Art Deco events and concert venue at 490 Commercial Road in Stepney, in the East End borough of Tower Hamlets, London, England.
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The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

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SE11 5HY,374 Kennington Lane,London

Former Victorian music hall turned gay stalwart, hosting weekly club nights and cabaret drag acts.
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Conway Hall

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WC1R 4RL,25 Red Lion Square,London

The Ethical Society's 1920s HQ, staging talks, lectures, classes and community events, with library.
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Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub

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E17 4SA,55 Hoe Street,London

Spacious, high-ceilinged traditional pub with pool table, live music and upstairs studio theatre.
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100 Club

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W1D 4AE,2 Bateman Street,London

The 100 Club is a music venue located at 100 Oxford Street, London, England. The club attained legendary status in modern British music, having played host to live music since 24 October 1942.
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Old Operating Theatre Museum

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SE1 9RY,9a Saint Thomas Street,London

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is a museum of surgical history and one of the oldest surviving operating theatres.
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ExCeL London

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E16 1XL,1 Western Gateway,London

ExCeL is an exhibitions and international convention centre in the London Borough of Newham. It is located on a 100-acre site on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands, between Canary Wharf...
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Folklore

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N1 1RQ,193 Upper Street,London

Great Vanue
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The Shacklewell Arms

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E8 2EB,71 Shacklewell Lane,London

Simple wooden-floored pub with a performance area and fairy lit smoking terrace.
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THE IVY

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WC2H,9 West Street,London

This place is big. Seriously big. Describing itself as 'a sophisticated urban playground for adults', Ivy, an amazing bar, aims to offer a little of everything under one enormous roof. The venue, owned by Justin...
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Dalston Superstore
Stoke Newington
By day, this East End favourite plates up brunch and burgers; by night, it’s London’s best pansexual party spot. The upstairs bar is fun for a warm-up drink, but the basement is where the club action happens. Regular nights include Uncontrollable Urge (eccentric electro on Wednesdays) and SorryNotSorry Sundays (a monthly helping of ‘unapologetic pop’). It’s all very trendy but everyone is welcome: don’t be surprised to see drag queens rubbing shoulders with off-duty dads from nearby Stoke Newington.
A cafe by day, club by night, Dalston Superstore is a vibrant and trendy hub for gay and straight party people in east London, and one of the area's best clubbing hotspots. Fuel up with brunch or a burger from midday during the week or 10am on Saturdays, and sample the extensive cocktail list as night falls amid avant-garde decor.


VFD
Shacklewell
Formerly (and still commonly) known as Vogue Fabrics, this bijou Dalston basement hosts drag and spoken word events as well as genre-spanning club nights and parties. As its name suggests, it attracts a creative and fashion-conscious LGBT crowd who love to dress up (though no one will really care if you rock up in sneakers and a polo top). VFD has the chutzpah to host club nights with names like Cuntmafia and Sassitude, but never takes itself too seriously. After all, the venue’s most famous feature is the massive penis mural in the loos.


Bar Soho
Dark and seductive, this eclectic townhouse-style bar and dancing venue features everything from sofas made from bathtubs to a bar adorned with old books within it's two floors - it's certainly one of the quirkiest gay bars in Soho. You'll find a host of classic and unusual cocktails at Bar Soho, expertly crafted by skilled mixologists, alongside wines, beers and drinks offers to keep you going on the dance floor into the early hours.


Sedition
Hoxton
Tucked away under a Turkish supermarket near Old Street, you’ll find this deliciously dingy disco basement. Sedition, formerly known as East Bloc, is compact yet filled with intrigue as you slink from one grotto-like room to the next. The music jumps from night to night (think more underground dance music than Top 40), but it generally attracts a varied crowd including beardy homo hipsters, edgy East End drag queens and trendy gay girls with asymmetric haircuts.

G-A-Y Bar
London's gay mainstream party temple since decades.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday night G-A-Y party.
Monday night mixed party Popcorn.
ID card required for entry.
An offshoot of the legendary G-A-Y club night at Heaven, G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street in Soho hosts regular live music and DJ nights spinning top 40 hits, as well as a video jukebox which projects onto 16 large LCD screens. To keep the party going after closing time, G-A-Y Late is just around the corner and stays open into the early hours.


Eagle London
Vauxhall
This Vauxhall institution has recently had a facelift to rival Sharon Osbourne’s. Out went the licence permitting sexual activity on the premises and in came the trendy decor inspired by New York’s Meatpacking District. Eagle’s large horseshoe bar still attracts many an older, burlier gay gent, but the overall ambience now feels slick and sexy rather than, well, slightly sleazy. On Sunday nights, the dancefloor welcomes a younger and more fashion-conscious crowd for Horse Meat Disco, one of London’s very best club nights. Debbie, a monthly Saturday night party which only plays songs by female artists, is also worth seeking out.

Retro Bar
Head down to one of gay London's secret gems and enjoy a small mixed indie bar with plenty of vibrant personality. Set aside in a little alleyway near Charing Cross, the Retro Bar's music is eclectic, and the decor features photos of many iconic rock and pop figures. Look out for 80s tunes and quiz nights for something a little different.

XXL
Southwark
Men-only dance club for bears, cubs, chubs, muscle bears and their admirers.
Admission: Saturday 15 £, 10 £ for members; Wednesday 5 £, free for members
Held every Saturday in a huge cavernous space near London Bridge, XXL is the UK’s biggest bear night. It’s a men-only affair, but you don’t have to be hench ’n’ hairy to have fun: the crowd is friendly and anyone who enjoys whipping his top off on the dancefloor will feel at home. XXL is so popular that it regularly attracts up to 2,000 punters. Most will be found dancing to house remixes in the main area; others will slope off to explore the (in)famous dark room.

Heaven
Charing Cross
When it opened in 1979, Heaven was revolutionary. London’s first gay superclub, it was the birthplace of Hi-NRG and acid house, and a magnet for queer celebrities. Nearly four decades later, Heaven is no longer cutting-edge, but still offers the UK’s most famous gay night out. On Thursdays it hosts the G-A-Y Porn Idol amateur strip contest, Fridays is filled with ’80s and ’90s cheese at G-A-Y Camp Attack, and Saturdays are reserved for the main G-A-Y club night, often featuring pop star PAs. Tourists and the younger crowd love it, and just about every LGBT Londoner has danced the night away here at least once.


Ku Bar & Club
Chinatown
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.
One of the largest gay bars in London and only a few footsteps from Leicester Square, Ku Bar is spread over three floors and has a capacity of more than 500. Enjoy its exclusive champagne bar and DJ sets in the Klub each night until 3am.

The WayOut Club
London’s best-known trans night has changed venues a few times, but it now takes place every Saturday under a railway arch near Tower Hill tube. It’s open to everyone at the T end of the LGBT spectrum, plus their friends and admirers, and attracts a loyal crowd of friendly regulars. The capital’s nightlife has more options for the trans community now than when WayOut began in 1993, but this night endures because it’s so warm and inclusive; there’s even a changing area for punters who don’t want to travel in drag.

Savage
Bethnal Green
The weekly little sister of 'genderfuck army' Sink The Pink, London's coolest club collective, Savage has become one of the East End's most celebrated parties. Taking over Bethnal Green strip club Metropolis on a Friday and Saturday, it's the place you come to slut-drop to bangers until 5am. Spread across multiple floors, you'll find stripper poles, sand (yep) and now a new basement. The crowd is as queer as it comes, with representation from every corner of the LGBT community, and the music is pounding, which when you're sliding down a pole after a doing a sambuca shot is no bad thing.

Duckie
Vauxhall
There’s a reason why Duckie has been running on Saturdays at the RVT for over 21 years: it’s an absolute blast. Host Amy Lam? – who’s now London’s Night Czar, too – introduces performers who run the gamut from legendary to terrible: you could see tap-dancers or a drag queen, or you could end up watching a heterosexual couple from Essex having a bust-up on stage. In between and after the turns, DJ duo the Readers Wifes drop a hard-to-describe mix of Britpop, disco and leftfield chart hits from Bowie to Britney. Whatever your gender and sexuality, Duckie is a must-try; the only real rule is no whipping off your top like you’re at XXL.
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