31 Gay Saunas & Cruising in London

With this sprawling and crazy city boasting a multitude of clubbing options, it’s no surprise that gay London also has many spaces for gay guys to continue partying (or just chill) once the disco lights have been switched off. 

Although many of London’s big-name cruising venues such as The Hoist and Chariots Shoreditch have shut their doors due to rent hikes and the growth of gay apps, gay cruising London-style still offers up some hot (and steamy) options.

Getting sexy south of the river

Chariots Vauxhall claims to be ‘the biggest and busiest gay sauna club’ in London and they’re probably right. In the early hours at weekends, this gay spa overflows with post-club punters looking to continue the party.

The venue has two large saunas, two steam rooms, two video rooms and, handily, is walking distance from all the big clubs. It’s open all weekend through, and from 12:00pm to 08:00am on weekdays.

Further up the road in Waterloo you'll find the other big gay London sauna: Pleasuredrome. The fun here literally never stops, as the place is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Pleasuredrome offers licensed masseurs, two steam rooms, two saunas and a huge spa. Feeling flush and fancy? New private deluxe pods can be rented by the hour for a more intimate and luxurious rendezvous.

Carry on cruising in the center

Mixing things up slightly, Sweatbox – located in the heart of gay Soho – is a sauna, gym and massage facility combined. Minutes from Soho's Old Compton Street, the biggest gay street in London, Sweatbox is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

If you’re in London for more than a few days, you might want to take advantage of their special weekly membership pass. 

Don’t fancy sweating it in a sauna but still wanna get your rocks off? Cruise and sex bar Vault139 is just a ten-minute walk from Soho in Warren Street.

This basement venue boats a basic three-step dress code: cruise (clothing OK), underwear (underwear-only plus footwear) and stripped (strictly naked apart from footwear).

Its very central location means it’s often very cruisy with London lads, especially after work in the weekdays. Entrance includes coat check, a drink, re-entry and free Wi-Fi.


3 reviews

Cornwall Road, (corner of Sandell Street) SE1 8XE, London, United Kingdom

Open 24-hours a day, every day. Spa pool, two steam rooms, two saunas, licensed masseurs. Plus cinema and delux pods. £18 entry.

Sweatbox Soho

2 reviews

1-2 Ramilies Street, W1F 7LN, London, United Kingdom

Sauna, gym and massage facility in the center of town, minutes from Soho's Old Compton Street. £17 for 24-hour entry.

Chariots Vauxhall

1 review

Rail Arches 63-64 (Albert Embankment), SE1, London, United Kingdom

One of the busiest gay saunas in town... especially at the weekend once the nearby clubs close. Two large saunas and two steam ...

The Stable

1 review

29 Endell St, WC2H 9BA, London, United Kingdom

Covent Garden sauna with steam, spa, wet room, maasage room and licensed bar. 1 day pass: £19.

Chariots Waterloo

1 review

101 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AB, London, United Kingdom

Open 24-hours, every day. Two saunas, steam room and video lounge. Entry £15. Check ahead: is due to close some time in 2017.

Vault 139

139-143 Whitefield St (Warren St), W1T 5EN, London, United Kingdom

Very central gay cruise and sex-on-premises bar. Underwear and naked nights: check web. Entrance includes coat check, a drink, ...

The Backstreet

Wentworth Mews, Burdett Rd, (Mile End Rd, Bow) E3 SAP, London, United Kingdom

An East London institution, The Backstreet is a fetish club; leather or rubber only. Super-strict dresscode.


570-574 Commercial Rd, E14 7JD, London, United Kingdom

This East End gay sauna features steam room, dry sauna, Jacuzzi. Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri and Sat 11am-8am. Entry: £18.  

The Locker Room

8 Cleaver St (Kennington), SE11 4DP, London, United Kingdom

South London sauna. 16-man sauna and steam room. Chill-out lounge. Free towels, locker, tea, coffee and juice. £13 weekday/£20 ...

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