Top London Gay Clubs
In the recent couple of decades the gay nightlife scene has, for the most part, went mainstream. The days of underground dark pubs and clubs in back alleys are long gone. Thankfully the LGBT community has been accepted over the years and discrimination, while not a thing of the past, is slowly on the downfall. London shows its progressive and liberal side once again. There’s a vast number of venues out there, but today we’ll be taking a look a the best gay bars and clubs in London. If you’re feeling more adventurous and naughty you will also find a few top-notch saunas and cruising venues in London. But now we won’t delve that deep into the gay scene. We will, however, narrow down the gay venues that deserve some attention. Soho has a reputation for being the center of the gay scene and it’s where most of these places are located in. And arguably the best ones also reside here. No matter what your sexual preferences are, most of these venues are friendly and open to all. And hey, if there’s one group of people that can throw a party like no one else, it’s the gays. A fabulous night is almost guaranteed in a gay club.
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern
The legendary singer and musician Freddie Mercury was once a regular here. This venue isn’t just your run of the mill gay bar neither. The cabaret shows, while sometimes slightly odd, are always great fun to watch. The interior itself isn’t breathtaking but it helps create a laid back atmosphere. It’s all about the creative fun a person can have, and the RVT definitely delivers on that front.
Visiting address: 372 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5HY
The George & Dragon
If it’s quirky you like, The George & Dragon might just be the place you fall in love with. For east Londoners this is one of their top gay boozers. The wall decorations and overall interior design is hard not to like. A singing horse head is something that will make most people laugh, especially after a couple of drinks. It’s a singing horse in a gay pub! Well, either you’ll find it hilarious or creepy.
Visiting address: 2-4 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, London
The Shadow Lounge is one of London’s finest gay clubs, without a doubt. But it’s also a members only venue with fees costing £350. However sometimes you can get lucky if the door staff are feeling generous. Or you can register in advance and hope to get in that way. Don’t let their business policy turn you away from this venue, because they definitely put emphasis on comfort, quality and guest service.
Visiting address: 5-7 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0RF
If there was ever a heaven for gay people, than is has to be the Heaven Nightclub located near the north side of the Golden Jubilee Bridges. On Mondays is when the students here party all night long and dance their troubles away. With valid student cards and some photo ID, entrance is free for all students. Every little bit helps when you’re a broke college student, especially one looking to party!
Visiting address: Under The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG
They may take our bars, but they’ll never take our FREEDOM! Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little exaggeration when having some good old fashion fun. The Freedom pub is often pointed out as the epicenter of all things gay in the city of London. It’s not all about partying here though, as the Freedom bar often hosts art exhibitions, after show parties, and movie premiers. Adding a bit of culture into the regular gay scene, the Freedom bar truly is a little gem.
Visiting address: 60-66 Wardour Street, National House, St James, London, W1F 0TA
Comptons of Soho
If it weren’t for the rainbow colored flag stretching through its ceiling, not many would suspect that this place is actually a popular gay venue in London. It is the quintessential London pub most people are familiar with, traditional wooden Victorian styled interior, wood floors and an overall classy and warm vibe to it. Over the years it has gained a reputation for being a good place for cruising. It’s no wonder people love it.
Visiting address: 53 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 6HN
Being amongst the more popular pubs in London, the G-A-Y Bar absolutely deserves a place on the list as one of London’s best gay venues. It boasts 16 massive LCD screens that are constantly firing away colorful pop music videos. In total it has three floors and it mostly visited by a younger crowd. Smokers will be delighted to hear that they have a dedicated smoking area.
Visiting address: 30 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4TP
As you might have already guessed by the name, this is a sister club to the G-A-Y Bar. The overall vibe is pretty much the same, but seeing as the parties here last until 3am chances are things get more wild and crazy. It’s open every night, but on weekends be prepared to wait in line. It’s best to find yourself a G-A-Y flyer as it will help you getting in.
Visiting address: 5 Goslett Yard, London, WC2H 0EA
Open every single day, with great resident Djs it’s no wonder the Ku Bar has become the gay venue it is today. It’s chic and modern in almost every single way which appeals to the younger crowd. And it is exactly this demographic that visits the Ku Bar on a regular basis. Monday nights are reserved for karaoke lovers, while on Sundays the Gay Tea Dance is the place to be if you like, well, tea and dancing.
Visiting address: 30 Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BA
Gay art lovers will find this place to be their home away from home. If you want to make an impression quickly then dress the part and be trendy. Art is what brings most people here, so don’t mistake it for a raunchy tasteless London venue with no soul. The people are warm and polite, and a friend told me the men here can be super sexy and fabulous as well.
Visiting address: 117 Kingsland High St, London, E8 2PB