Gay Bars in London

London has countless gay bars. To keep this page usable for travellers not all of these bars have been listed here (particularly those of interest mainly for locals).

Mon-Thu 17:00 – 02:00; Fri, Sat 17:00 – 04:00; Sun 16:00 – 02:00
[ The 2 Brewers - Map ] 114 Clapham High Street [Subway: Clapham North, Clapham Common]
+44 (0)20-78199539; www.the2brewers.com
South London's camp cabaret bar. It also has a club in the back with resident DJs, open on Friday and Saturday from 22:30 till 04:00.
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Mon-Thu 12:00 – 23:00; Fri, Sat 12:00 – 24:00; Sun 12:00 – 22:30
[ Admiral Duncan - Map ] 54 Old Compton Street [Subway: Leicester Sq, Piccadilly Circ, Tottenham]
+44 (0)20 74375300
Traditional London gay pub. With drag shows and karaoke.
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Tue 20:00 – 01:00; Wed, Thu 21:00 – 03:00; Fri, Sat 21:00 – 04:00; Sun 19:30 – 24:00
[ BJ's White Swan - Map ] 556 Commercial Road [Subway: Limehouse DLR]
+44 (0)20-77809870; www.bjswhiteswan.com
The gay legend in London's East End. Not for a fashionable or muscle crowd but for those into London pub atmosphere, amateur strip contests (Wednesday) and karaoke (Thursday). Friday and Saturday dance bar, Sunday Ballroom.
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Bar: Mon-Tue 12:00 – 01:00; Wed-Sat 12:00 – 02:00; Sun 12:00 – 23:00
Club: Wed, Thu 22:00 – 02:00; Fri, Sat 22:00 – 03:00; Sun 21:00 – 01:00
[ The Black Cap - Map ] 171 Camden High Street [Subway: Camden Town (Northern line)]
+44 (0)20-74850538; www.theblackcap.com
In the club disco, with regular drag shows or karaoke.
Food served daily from 12:00 till 21:00 at the big pub-style bar.
Admission: Bar free, Club 2–5 £
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Daily 16:00 – 24:00
[ Bridge - Map ] 8 Voltaire Road [Subway: Clapham North]
+44 (0)20-36326426; www.bridgewinebar.com
New gay bar in Clapham in the south of London.
Tapas, cocktails & wines.
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Daily 12:00 – 01:00; Fri, Sat till 03:00
[ Central Station - Map ] 37 Wharfdale Road [Subway: King's Cross / St. Pancras]
+44 (0)20-72783294
Long established gay pub in London King's Cross, famous for its comedy and cabaret performances on Friday and Saturday night.
In the basement cruising bar The Underground Club.
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Daily 16:00 – 01:00; Fri, Sat till 04:00
[ Circa Soho - Map ] 62 Frith Street [Subway: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square]
+44 (0)20-77346826; www.circasoho.com
Popular gay music bar in London Soho.
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Mon-Thu 12:00 – 02:00; Fri, Sat 12:00 – 03:00; Sun 12:00 – 01:00
[ City of Quebec - Map ] 12 Old Quebec Street [Subway: Marble Arch]
+44 (0)20-76296159
One of the oldest gay bars in London (since 1946) and traditional British pub.
With karaoke, quiz and drag shows. Popular among the older gay crowd.
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Daily 12:00 – 23:30; Sun till 22:30
[ Comptons of Soho - Map ] 51-53 Old Compton Street [Subway: Leicester Sq, Piccadilly Circ, Tottenham]
+44 (0)20-32380163; Photos
The classic in the gay center of London Soho – for more than 25 years.
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Mon from 12:00; Tue-Sun from 10:00
[ Dalston Superstore - Map ] 117 Kingsland High Street
+44 (0)20 72542273; www.dalstonsuperstore.com
Popular gay resto-bar in London's East End. Food (breakfast, lunch, burger), drinks, art and DJs.
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Mon-Sat 12:00 – 24:00; Sun 12:00 – 23:30
[ The Duke Of Wellington - Map ] 77 Wardour Street
+44 (0)20-74391274
Traditional gay pub in London Soho.
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Mon-Thu 21:00 – 02:00; Fri 21:00 – 03:00; Sat 21:00 – 04:00; Sun 20:00 – 03:00
[ Eagle London - Map ] 349 Kennington Lane [Subway and night busses: Vauxhall]
+44 (0)20-77930903; www.eaglelondon.com
Men-only bar, except for the camp dance party Horse Meat Disco on Sundays.
Eagle also hosts the Tonker bears night each Friday.
Admission: 3–6 £
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Mon-Thu 15:00 – 01:00; Fri, Sat 15:00 – 03:00; Sun 15:00 – 23:30
[ The Edge - Map ] 11 Soho Square [Subway: Tottenham Court Road]
+44 (0)20-74391313; www.edgesoho.co.uk
Lounge bar and cafe in Soho, with a ›polysexual‹ clientele, mixed age.
During the day cafe with a range of food: salads, tapas, burgers, English dishes.
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Mon 21:00 – 03:00; Tue-Sat 18:00 – 03:00
[ Escape - Map ] 10 Brewer Street [Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square]
+44 (0)20-77343040; www.escapesoho.com
Music bar in London Soho.
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Mon-Sat till 23:00; Sun till 22:30
[ Friendly Society - Map ] 79 Wardour Street (entrance via Tisbury Court) [Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square]
+44 (0)20 74343805
Friendly small bar with quirky interior.
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Daily 12:00 – 24:00
[ G-A-Y Bar - Map ] 30 Old Compton Street [Subway: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road]
+44 (0)20-74942756
Pre-clubbing gay bar with plasma screens and video walls.
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Daily 23:00 – 03:00
[ G-A-Y Late - Map ] 5 Goslett Yard [Subway: Leicester Square, Charing Cross]
+44 (0)20-74370479
One of the few gay bars in London Soho that serve drinks until 03:00. Rather young clientele. Music: Pop a la Rihanna. On Sunday only for members.
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Daily from 18:00
[ George & Dragon - Map ] 2 Hackney Road [Subway: Old Street]
+44 (0)20-70121100; Facebook page
Small popular bar with quirky interior in London Shoreditch, with its share of creative people, bohemians and artistic types.
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Mon-Sat 16:00 – 02:00; Sun 17:00 – 01:00
[ Green Carnation - Map ] 4-5 Greek Street [Subway: Tottenham Court Road]
+44 (0)20-86168087
Gay-friendly. The posh alternative to the traditional English pubs and trendy bars in London Soho.
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Mon-Wed 21:00 – 02:00; Thu 21:00 – 03:00; Fri, Sat 16:00 – 04:00; Sun 16:00 – 02:00
[ Joiners Arms - Map ] 116 Hackney Road [Subway: Hoxton]
Popular gay party pub with a mixed crowd in Hoxton (London Shoreditch).
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Mon, Tue 17:00 – 23:00; Wed, Thu 17:00 – 24:00; Fri, Sat 17:00 – 01:00;
Sun 13:00 – 24:00
[ Kazbar Clapham - Map ] 50 Clapham High Street [Subway: Clapham North]
+44 (0)20-76220070; www.kazbarclapham.com
Hangout for guys in and around London Clapham.
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Mon-Thu 12:00 – 23:00; Fri, Sat 12:00 – 24:00; Sun 13:00 – 22:30
[ King's Arms - Map ] 23 Poland Street [Subway: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Rd]
+44 (0)20-77345907
Popular London pub for bears in Soho.
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Mon-Thu 12:00 – 23:00; Fri, Sat 12:00 – 24:00; Sun 12:00 – 22:30
[ Ku Bar (Frith Street) - Map ] 25 Frith Street [Subway: Leicester Square]
+44 (0)20-74374303; www.ku-bar.co.uk
Gay bar in London Soho with a rather young clientele.
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Daily 12:00 – 03:00; Sun till 24:00
[ Ku Bar (Lisle Street) - Map ] 30 Lisle Street [Subway: Leicester Square]
+44 (0)20-74374303; www.ku-bar.co.uk
Clientele mainly in their 20s and 30s.
In the basement KuKlub with DJs on Monday till Saturday 22:00 – 03:00 and Sunday 21:00 – 24:00.
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Mon-Sat 17:00 – 03:00; Sun 17:00 – 23:00
[ Manbar - Map ] 79 Charing Cross Road [Subway: Leicester Square]
+44 (0)20-74342567; www.manbarsoho.com
Gay late night bar in Soho, over 3 floors. Music: Commercial, Charts, Dance.
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Mon-Sat 16:00 – 23:30; Sun 16:00 – 22:30
[ New Bloomsbury Set - Map ] 76 Marchmont Street [Subway: Russell Square]
+44 (0)20-73833084; Facebook page
Small gay bar and cocktail lounge a bit north of Soho. More intimate and less hectic than the bars in Soho. With free Wi-Fi and at weekends with DJs.
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Mon-Thu 12:00 – 23:00; Fri, Sat 12:00 – 23:45; Sun 12:00 – 22:30
[ Rupert Street Bar - Map ] 50 Rupert Street [Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square]
+44 (0)20-74943059; www.rupert-street.com
Large gay cafe-bar in London Soho, popular early in the evening. Food till 18:00.
At weekends with live DJs.
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Daily 16:00 – 01:00; Sun till 23:30
[ Village - Map ] 81 Wardour Street [Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square]
+44 (0)20-74780530; www.village-soho.co.uk
Stylish bars on 3 floors; in London Soho.
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Mon-Thu 16:00 – 23:30; Fri, Sat 14:00 – 24:00; Sun 14:00 – 22:30
[ The Yard Bar - Map ] 57 Rupert Street [Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square]
+44 (0)20-74372652; www.yardbar.co.uk
Popular gay bar in Soho, with outdoor space.
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