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.