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Gay Bars and Pubs 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).

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, many places are closed or opening hours may have changed. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective venues for the latest information.

Update 16 + 20 December 2020: By order of the British government, all bars, restaurants and non-essential shops in London have to stay closed until further notice.

Update 5 January 2021: new general lockdown and curfew in London until at least mid-February 2021.

Traditional London gay pub. With drag shows and karaoke.
@ 54 Old Compton Street
London W1D 4UD
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road

Long established pub in London King's Cross, famous for its comedy, cabaret, karaoke and burlesque performances.

Above the bar is a gay-friendly Bed & Breakfast.
@ 37 Wharfdale Road
London N1 9SD
Subway: King's Cross / St. Pancras

Popular gay music bar in London Soho.
@ 62 Frith Street
London W1D 3JN
Subway: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square

Reopened in July 2020 as a big lounge bar.
Located in the very center of London.
@ Hungerford House, Victoria Embankment
London WC2N 6PA
Subway: Embankment

One of the oldest gay bars in London (since 1946) and traditional British pub.
With karaoke, quiz and cabaret drag shows.
Mixed clientele during the day, mainly mature gay clientele at night.
@ 12 Old Quebec Street
London W1H 7AF
Subway: Marble Arch

The classic in the gay center of London Soho – for more than 30 years.
@ 51-53 Old Compton Street
London W1D 6HN
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road

Popular resto-bar in the northeast of London. Food (breakfast, lunch, burger), drinks, art and DJs.
Friday and Saturday night also parties in the basement club.
@ 117 Kingsland High Street
London E8 2PB

Gay bar in London Vauxhall, with beer garden and pool table.
On Sundays camp dance party Horse Meat Disco.
@ 349 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5QY
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Small cocktail lounge bar in London Soho, famous for its camp decor.
Mixed clientele.
@ 79 Wardour Street (entrance via Tisbury Court)
London W1D 6QB
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square

London's gay mainstream party temple since decades.
ID card required for entry.
@ Under the Arches/Villiers Street
London WC2N 6NG
Subway: Charing Cross, Embankment

Pre-clubbing gay bar in Soho with plasma screens and music video walls.
@ 30 Old Compton Street
London W1D 4UR
Subway: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road


Rather young clientele. Music: Pop à la Rihanna.
Some nights only for members/regulars.
@ 5 Goslett Yard
London WC2H 0EH
Subway: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square

LGBT-oriented camp cabaret entertainment bar.
Located next to Trafalgar Square.
@ 7 Duncannon Street
London WC2N 4JF
Subway: Charing Cross

Popular London pub for bears in Soho.
With karaoke nights, quiz shows, DJs and more.
@ 23 Poland Street
London W1F 8QL
Subway: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road

Clientele mainly in their 20s and 30s.
In the basement KuKlub with DJs every night from 21:00/22:00.
@ 30 Lisle Street
London WC2H 7BA
Subway: Leicester Square

Small bar and cocktail lounge. More intimate and less hectic than the bars in Soho.
Mixed clientele.
Happy Hour daily until 19:00.
@ 76 Marchmont Street
London WC1N 1AG
Subway: Russell Square

The new home of the former George & Dragon bar in London Shoreditch.
Camp & queer, with a mixed crowd.
@ 483 Hackney Road
London E2 9ED

Small indie bar with retro music, quiz shows and comedy nights.
@ 2 George Court (off The Strand)
London WC2N 6HH
Subway: Charing Cross

Big LGBT bar in London Soho, popular early in the evening.
At weekends with live DJs from 21:00.
@ 50 Rupert Street
London W1D 6DR
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square

Big LGBTQ bar in Vauxhall, with queer comedy, cabaret, bingo shows and party nights.
@ 372 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5HY
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Gay lounge bar in Clapham in the south of London.
Drinks, cocktails and wines.
@ 8 Voltaire Road
London SW4 6DH
Subway: Clapham North

Friendly camp bar in London Kennington.
Mixed clientele.
@ 340 Kennington Road
London SE11 4LD
Subway: Oval, Kennington

Traditional gay pub in London Soho.
@ 77 Wardour Street
London W1D 6QA
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road

Party pub and performance space with alternative drag and cabaret shows, music gigs and more.
Mixed clientele. Popular with hipsters, artists, creative scene.
@ 281 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AS

Popular gay bar in London Soho, with outdoor seating area.
@ 57 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PL
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square

South London's camp cabaret bar. Drag acts, quiz nights and karaoke.
@ 114 Clapham High Street
London SW4 7UJ
Subway: Clapham North, Clapham Common

Gay bar in London Soho since 1991.
Three floors with bar, cocktail lounge, dancefloor, DJs and gogo dancer.
Lately with rude door staff.
@ 81 Wardour Street
London W1D 6QD
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road