Patroc London Gay Guide 2020

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Accommodation Tips

Z Hotel Soho
Hotel. From 50 £
Modern hotel in London Soho, well located for sightseeing, shopping, musical theatres and gay life. Most gay bars in Soho are less than 400 metres away.
With its small rooms the hotel is not for the claustrophobic, but a good option if you look for a clean, modern and centrally located accommodation.

Other Z Hotels in this area are the Z Hotel Covent Garden and Z Hotel Piccadilly.
@ 17 Moor Street
London W1D 5NW
Subway: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Rd
Central Station
Bed & Breakfast, gay-friendly. From 55 £
Gay-friendly Bed & Breakfast in the King's Cross area, close to the Eurostar trainstation St Pancras International.
Basic rooms with private or shared bathrooms.
Free entry to the show bar Central Station on the ground floor of the building.
@ 37 Wharfdale Road
London N1 9SD
Subway: King's Cross / St. Pancras
Park Plaza London Riverbank
Hotel. ****, from 110 £
Upscale hotel at the Thames river and only 5 minutes away from the gay clubs and bars in Vauxhall.
@ 18 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TJ
Subway: Vauxhall

Bars & Pubs

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

Update September 2020: By order of the government, all bars have to close at 22:00 at the latest.

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

Central Station
Reopened July 2020; daily 17:00 – 22:00
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

Circa Soho
Reopened July 2020; Monday-Thursday 13:00 – 22:00; Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 22:00; Sunday 13:00 – 22:00
Popular gay music bar in London Soho.
@ 62 Frith Street
London W1D 3JN
Subway: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square

Circa Embankment
Reopened; Thursday-Saturday 17:00 – 22:00
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

City of Quebec
Reopened July 2020; daily 12:00 – 21:30/22:00
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

Comptons of Soho
Reopened July 2020
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

Dalston Superstore
Reopened July 2020; Tuesday-Sunday 12:00 – 22:00
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

Eagle London
Reopened August 2020; Tuesday-Sunday 14:00 – 22:00
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

Friendly Society
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

G-A-Y @ Heaven
Reopened as a big bar in July 2020; Saturday, Sunday 17:00 – 22:00
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

G-A-Y Bar
Reopened July 2020; daily 12:00 – 22:00
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

G-A-Y Late
Reopened July 2020; daily 17:00 – 22:00

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

Halfway to Heaven
Reopened October 2020; daily 12:00 – 22:00
LGBT-oriented camp cabaret entertainment bar.
Located next to Trafalgar Square.
@ 7 Duncannon Street
London WC2N 4JF
Subway: Charing Cross

King's Arms
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

Ku Bar
Reopened July 2020; daily 12:00 – 22:00
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

New Bloomsbury Set
Reopened July 2020; Wednesday-Saturday 17:00 – 22:00
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

Queen Adelaide
Reopened July 2020; Wednesday-Sunday 12:00 – 20:00
The new home of the former George & Dragon bar in London Shoreditch.
Camp & queer, with a mixed crowd.
@ 483 Hackney Road
London E2 9ED

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

Rupert Street Bar
Reopened July 2020
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

RVT – Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Reopened July 2020; Tuesday-Friday 18:00 – 22:00; Saturday, Sunday 16:00 – 22:00
Big LGBTQ bar in Vauxhall, with queer comedy, cabaret, bingo shows and party nights.
@ 372 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5HY
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

The Bridge
Reopened July 2020; Monday-Friday 16:00 – 22:00; Saturday 13:00 – 22:00; Sunday 15:00 – 22:00
Gay lounge bar in Clapham in the south of London.
Drinks, cocktails and wines.
@ 8 Voltaire Road
London SW4 6DH
Subway: Clapham North

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

The Duke Of Wellington
Reopened July 2020; daily 12:00 – 22:00
Traditional gay pub in London Soho.
@ 77 Wardour Street
London W1D 6QA
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road

The Glory
Reopened July 2020; Monday-Friday 17:00 – 22:00; Saturday, Sunday 14:00 – 22:00
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

The White Swan
The gay legend in London's East End. British pub atmosphere.
Drag bingo shows, open mic nights and DJs.
@ 556 Commercial Road
London E14 7JD
Subway: Limehouse DLR

The Yard
Reopened July 2020; daily 12:00/14:00 – 22:00
Popular gay bar in London Soho, with outdoor seating area.
@ 57 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PL
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square

Two Brewers
Reopened July 2020; Tuesday-Thursday 16:00 – 22:00; Friday 15:00 – 22:00; Saturday, Sunday 14:00 – 22:00
South London's camp cabaret bar. Drag acts, quiz nights and karaoke.
@ 114 Clapham High Street
London SW4 7UJ
Subway: Clapham North, Clapham Common

Village Soho
Reopened July 2020; daily 16:00 – 22:00
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

Clubs & Parties

See also our overview of upcoming Irregular Parties and Events in London.

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

Update September 2020: By order of the government, all bars have to close at 22:00 at the latest.

Beefmince
Gay party for beefy guys and friends at the RVT in London Vauxhall.
Admission: 6-8 £
@ Royal Vauxhall Tavern 372 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5HY
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Club Kali
Monthly LGBTQ party with Asian music (Bollywood, Bhangra and Arabic) plus some R'n'B and Dance classics.
Check the Club Kali website for the next date and venue.

Admission: 7-12 £

Fire Club / Protocol / Lightbox
Large gay clubbing location in London Vauxhall with several areas and cutting edge sound and light systems.
Some of the weekly parties are:
A:M – Friday night/Saturday morning 03:00 – 10:00, 8–15 £
Beyond – Sunday morning 04:00 – 12:00, 13–16 £
@ South Lambeth Road / Parry Street
London SW8 1RT
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

G-A-Y @ Heaven
Reopened as a big bar in July 2020; Saturday, Sunday 17:00 – 22:00
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

Horse Meat Disco
Popular party with lots of music from the 1970s. Unpretentious and quite trashy.
(But don't get wrong expectations from the name of the party...)
On Sundays at the Eagle London + special parties in different venues.
Admission: 6-8 £
@ Eagle London 349 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5QY
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Wrong
TechHouse party in London Vauxhall, with mixed crowd.
Admission: 10-12 £
@ Union 66 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Cruising & Fetish

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

Update September 2020: By order of the government, all bars have to close at 22:00 at the latest.

Bunker
New gay cruise club. Weekly program with theme partys and dresscodes on the Bunker website (frequent changes).
Admission: 9-10 £
@ 217 City Road
London EC1V 1JN
Subway: Old Street (exit 1)

The Backstreet
Gay fetish bar in London's East End, for more than 30 years.
Friday and Saturday night strict leather and rubber dresscode.
With outdoor zone for smokers.
Admission: 5-15 £
@ Wentworth Mews
London E3
Subway: Mile End

Vault 139
Big gay cruise club some blocks north of Soho.
With underwear and stripped nights.
Easy-going atmosphere.
Admission: 9 £, incl. 1st drink
@ 139-143 Whitfield Street
London W1T 5EN
Subway: Warren Street

The Underground Club
Bar with some dark corners and several special interest parties (program on their website). Located in the basement of the bar Central Station (with separate entrance).
@ 37 Wharfdale Road
London N1 9RZ
Subway: King's Cross / St. Pancras

 Ted's Place
Small club bar in West London. Monday, Thursday and Sunday TV/TS nights.
Admission: 4–5 £
@ 305a North End Road
London W14 9NS
Subway: West Brompton, West Kensington

Saunas

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

Update September 2020: By order of the government, all bars have to close at 22:00 at the latest.

Chariots Vauxhall
Big old gay sauna with lots of cabins.
Situated close to the big gay clubs and bars in London Vauxhall.
Admission: 18-20 £
@ 63-64 Albert Embankment
London SE1
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Covent Garden Health Spa (The Stable)
Reopened July 2020; Monday-Friday 12:00 – 23:30; Saturday 12:00 – 02:00; Sunday 12:00 – 22:30
Men-only spa in Central London.
Admission: 19 £ (10 £ up to 24 years)
@ 29 Endell Street
London WC2H 9BA
Subway: Covent Garden

Locker Room
Reopened September 2020; daily 11:00 – 22:00
Friendly gay sauna in London Kennington/Lambeth.
Admission: 10-15 £
@ 6 Cleaver Street
London SE11 4DP
Subway: Kennington

Pleasuredrome
Gay bathhouse, located in a railway arch, with cafe-bar, several saunas, pool and massage room.
Admission: 18 £ (13 £ up to 25 years)
@ 124 Cornwall Road
London SE1 8XE
Subway: Waterloo

Sailors Sauna
Gay sauna in London East End.
Admission: 15-20 £
@ 574 Commercial Road
London E14 7JD

Sweatbox Soho
Centrally located gay sauna and gym in London Soho.
Extensive refurbishment in 2018/2019.
Admission: 19 £ (12 £ up to 25 years)
@ 1-2 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LN
Subway: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Rd

 Saunabar Portsea
Gay sauna in London Marble Arch. Very small with only 3 cubicles.
Massages available.
Admission: 19 £
@ 2 Portsea Place
London W2 2BL
Subway: Marble Arch, Edgware Road

Shops

Gay's the Word
Reopened July 2020; Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 – 18:00; Sunday 13:00 – 18:00
The gay and lesbian bookshop in central London. Since 1979.
(An interesting piece of history about the birth of the Gay's The Word shop can be found at the queer Polari Magazine).
From July 2020 cashless only.
@ 66 Marchmont Street
London WC1N 1AB
Subway: Russell Square

clonezone Soho Flagshipstore
Reopened June 2020; Monday-Saturday 11:00 – 20:00; Sunday 12:00 – 20:00
Gay magazines, books, postcards, underwear, T-shirts, clubwear, toys, leather and fetish gear.
@ 35 Old Compton Street
London W1D 5JX
Subway: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road, Piccadilly Circus

clonezone Earls Court
Reopened June 2020; 11:00 – 20:00
Branch of the gay shop clonezone, in the basement with fetish store.
@ 266 Old Brompton Road
London SW5 9HR
Subway: Earl's Court (exit Warwick Road)

Fetch
Reopened June 2020; Monday-Thursday 11:00 – 19:00; Friday, Saturday 11:00 – 20:00; Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
Gay fetish store in Clapham in the south of London.
Leather gear, sportswear, toys and accessories.
@ 6 Voltaire Road
London SW4 6DH
Subway: Clapham North

Fetish Freak
Reopened July 2020; Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 – 18:30; Sunday 12:00 – 17:00
Leather and rubber clothing, boots, toys, aromas.
Close to Vauxhall.
@ 76 Bolton Crescent
London SE5 0SE
Subway: Oval; Bus: Kennington Park

Prowler Soho
Reopened June 2020; Monday-Saturday 11:00 – 20:00
Underwear fashion, gifts, books, videos and magazines, as well as toys, condoms, lube and aromas.
@ 5-7 Brewer Street
London W1F 0RF
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road

Regulation
Reopened June 2020; Monday-Saturday 11:00 – 19:00; Sunday 12:00 – 17:00
Rubber and leather fetish clothing and accessories.
@ 13a Bateman Street
London W1D 3AF
Subway: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus

Services

Switchboard
Daily 10:00 – 22:00
Telephone helpline for lesbians, gay men, bisexual people and anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.
@ London

56 Dean Street
Free (NHS) sexual health and HIV services.
Located in London Soho.
@ 56 Dean Street
London W1D 6AQ
Subway: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road

Touch of London
London based gay massage service by masseurs with years of experience in male-oriented massage, incl. Tantric massage, body to body massage, Nuru massage and sensual massage.
The booking hours are 10:00 to 23:00.
@ Central London
London

Absolute Male Massage
Massage services from regular therapeutic massage techniques such as Swedish and Deep Tissue, to more exotic and sensual Tantric massage experiences.
@ Central London, St. Giles High Street
London WC2H 8LW

VFD
Small LGBTQIA+ performance arts venue in the north of London.
@ 66 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 7XB