126 Gay Bars & Clubs in London

One of Europe's top party cities, gay London offers up so many gay bars and clubs that there’s something for every LGBT traveler, whatever your style or musical taste. In a city so big, choosing a venue can be tricky, but, thankfully, there are just three main gay hoods: Soho, Shoreditch/Dalston and Vauxhall. Spend time in these areas and you’ll find the coolest gay clubs and best gay bars in London.

 

Gay Soho

Soho is the heart of the original gay scene in London. The action centers in and around Old Compton Street, a virtual catwalk for the queer community and a perfect people-watching (read cruising) spot.

While Soho has seen many gay-bar closures, the busiest and best gay pubs in London can still be found here. The likes of Comptons of Soho, The King’s Arms and the Duke of Wellington attract a regular, bearded crowd, while G-A-Y Bar, Ku Bar, Village and Rupert Street boast a younger, more style-conscious clientele.

 

Gay Shoreditch and gay Dalston

The epicenter of all things hipster, Shoreditch and Dalston have rapidly gentrified – closing many queer spaces in the process – but east London still remains the home of alternative gay London.

Pub and performance space The Glory and club East Bloc are the pick of Shoreditch, while up the road in Dalston, basement club Vogue Fabrics and the Dalston Superstore host some of the quirkiest, coolest and best gay London club nights. If you’re not staying close, make the effort to head east and check out these hotspots... you won't regret it!

 

Gay Vauxhall

If you want to have a blowout, you might want to go to the gay clubs London locals head to. Many of those are in Vauxhall, just south of the river.

If a shirts-off, muscled crowd is your thing, most of the big circuit-style house and techno parties such as A:M, Beyond, WE and held here or closeby.

On the other hand, world-famous disco night Horse Meat Disco at Eagle London calls Vauxhall home as does the Royal Vauxhall Tavern one of London’s biggest alternative and cabaret venues.

Indeed, in some ways, Vauxhall ticks all the boxes when it comes to partying in gay London: there really is something for everyone.

G-A-Y Club @ Heaven

3 reviews

9 The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NG, London, United Kingdom

Megabrand G-A-Y hosts its main Sat night pop party @ Heaven. Thursday: G-A-Y Porn Idol, Friday: G-A-Y Camp Attack, also @ Heaven.

The Glory

2 reviews

281 Kingsland Rd, Hackney E2 8AS, London, United Kingdom

The East End's queer, alternative pub and performance venue. Full of local creative and fashion folk. The jewel in London’s alt...

Dalston Superstore

2 reviews

117 Kingsland High St, Dalston E8 2PB, London, United Kingdom

Dalston Superstore serves up food in the day and sounds at night. Arty, alternative, hipster and very gay. Basement dance floor.

G-A-Y Bar

3 reviews

30 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JX, London, United Kingdom

Commerical pop, cheap drinks and video screens on Central London's gayest street! Busy, afterwork and young crowd.

Hard On @Union

1 review

66 Albert Embankment, SE11, London, United Kingdom

Monthly kink party. Fetish, sex, dance, porn perfomers. Strict fetish dress code: rubber, leather, sports etc. Membership req.

Popcorn @ Heaven

4 reviews

The Arches (off Villiers St), WC2N 6NG, London, United Kingdom

On Monday Heaven is home to Popcorn, a night of house, dance and RnB. Open from 23:00pm til 05.30am.

Eagle London

1 review

349 Kennington Lane, SE11, London, United Kingdom

South London Castro-style bar for hipsters, hairy boys and friends. Home of the world-famous disco night Horse Meat Disco (Sun).

Fire

3 reviews

39 Parry St, SW8 1RT, London, United Kingdom

One of London’s iconic gay clubs in Vauxhall, with several dance floors some hosting straight parties. Follow their agenda to u...

Central Station

1 review

37 Wharfdale Rd, N1 9SE, London, United Kingdom

Traditional gay boozer in down-at-heel King's Cross. Free pool tables. Regular cabaret and perfomance. Cruise clubs in basement.

G-A-Y Late

1 review

5 Goslett Yard, WC2H 0ER, London, United Kingdom

Late-night version of G-A-Y bar. Commerical pop and dance, video screens. Opens till 03:00am Fri-Sat.

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