Patroc London Gay Guide 2019

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Accommodation Tips

Z Hotel Soho
Hotel. 60–230 £
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. 75-150 £
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 120 £
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
The LaLiT London
Hotel, gay-friendly. *****, from 170 £
Luxury boutique hotel near Tower Bridge.
The Indian group of hotels The LaLiT is a dedicated supporter of inclusivity, diversity and LGBTQ+ issues.
@ 181 Tooley Street
London SE1 2JR
Subway: London Bridge

Bars & Pubs

Admiral Duncan
Monday-Thursday 13:00 – 23:30; Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 24:00; Sunday 12:00 – 22:30
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
Monday-Wednesday 12:00 – 01:00; Thursday, Friday 12:00 – 02:00; Saturday 12:00 – 03:00; Sunday 12:00 – 24:00
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
Monday 16:00 – 01:00; Tuesday-Sunday 13:00 – 01:00
Popular gay music bar in London Soho.
@ 62 Frith Street
London W1D 3JN
Subway: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square

City of Quebec
Monday-Wednesday 11:00 – 02:00; Thursday-Saturday 11:00 – 03:00; Sunday 12:00 – 01:00
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
Monday-Thursday 12:00 – 23:30; Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 24:00; Sunday 12:00 – 22:30
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
Monday 17:00 – 02:00; Tuesday-Thursday 12:00 – 02:00; Friday 12:00 – 03:00; Saturday 10:00 – 03:00; Sunday 10:00 – 02:00
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
Tuesday-Thursday 18:00/20:00 – 02:00; Friday 18:00/21:00 – 04:00; Saturday 21:00 – 04:00; Sunday 20:00 – 03:00
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
Monday-Friday 16:00/17:00 – 22:30; Saturday 16:00 – 24:00; Sunday 16:00 – 22:30
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 Bar
Daily 12:00 – 24:00
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
Daily 23:00 – 03:00
One of the few gay bars in London Soho that serve drinks until 03:00.
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

King's Arms
Monday 12:00 – 23:00; Tuesday-Thursday 12:00 -23:30; Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 24:00; Sunday 13:00 – 22:30
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
Monday-Saturday 12:00 – 03:00; Sunday 12:00 – 24:00/03:00
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
Monday-Saturday 17:00 – 23:30
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
Monday-Wednesday 17:00 – 01:00; Thursday, Friday 17:00 – 03:00; Saturday 14:00 – 03:00; Sunday 14:00 – 01:00
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
Monday-Wednesday 14:00 – 23:00; Thursday, Friday 12:00 – 23:00; Saturday 14:00 – 23:00; Sunday 14:00 – 22:30
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
Monday-Thursday 12:00 – 23:00; Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 24:00; Sunday 12:00 – 22:30
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
Monday-Thursday 19:00 – 24:00; Friday, Saturday 21:00 – 04:00; Sunday 15:00 – 22:30
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
Monday-Thursday 17:00 – 23:00; Friday 17:00 – 24:00; Saturday 15:00 – 24:00; Sunday 16:00 – 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
Wednesday, Thursday 17:00 – 24:00; Friday, Saturday 17:00 – 02:00; Sunday 17:00 – 23:00
Friendly camp bar in London Kennington.
Mixed clientele.
@ 340 Kennington Road
London SE11 4LD
Subway: Oval, Kennington

The Duke Of Wellington
Monday-Saturday 12:00 – 24:00; Sunday 12:00 – 23:30
Traditional gay pub in London Soho.
@ 77 Wardour Street
London W1D 6QA
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road

The Glory
Monday-Thursday 17:00 – 24:00; Friday, Saturday 17:00 – 02:00; Sunday 13:00 – 23:00
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
Tuesday-Thursday 20:00 – 02:00; Friday, Saturday 20:00 – 03:30
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
Monday-Thursday 16:00 – 23:30; Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 24:00; Sunday 12:00 – 22:30
Popular gay bar in London Soho, with outdoor seating area.
@ 57 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PL
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square

Two Brewers
Daily 17:00 – 02:00; Friday, Saturday till 04:00
South London's camp cabaret bar. Drag acts, quiz nights and karaoke.
It also has a club in the back with resident DJs, open on Friday and Saturday from 22:30 till 04:00.
Admission: 8 £ (free before 22:00)
@ 114 Clapham High Street
London SW4 7UJ
Subway: Clapham North, Clapham Common

Village Soho
Monday-Thursday 17:00 – 02:00; Friday, Saturday 16:00 – 03:00; Sunday 16:00/17:00 – 23:30
Gay bar in London Soho since 1991.
Three floors with bar, cocktail lounge, dancefloor, DJs and gogo dancer.
Happy Hour daily 17:00 – 21:00.
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.

Beefmince @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
(Usually) 3rd Friday of the month, 22:00 – 04:00.
Next party: 15 November 2019
Monthly party for beefy guys and friends at the RVT in London Vauxhall.
Admission: 5-8 £
@ 372 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5HY
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Circa – The Club
Friday, Saturday 22:00/23:00 – 04:00/05:00
Dance club by London's famous gay bar Circa Soho.
Located in the very center of London.
@ Hungerford House, Victoria Embankment
London WC2N 6PA
Subway: Embankment

Club Kali
Monthly LGBTQ party with Asian music (Bollywood, Bhangra and Arabic) plus some R'n'B and Dance classics.
Check the website of Club Kali 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 & Popcorn @ Heaven
Thursday, Friday 23:00 – 04:00; Saturday 22:30 – 05:00; Monday 23:00 – 05:00
London's gay mainstream party temple since decades.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday night G-A-Y party.
Monday night mixed party Popcorn.
ID card required for entry.
@ Under the Arches/Villiers Street
London WC2N 6NG
Subway: Charing Cross, Embankment

Horse Meat Disco @ Eagle London
Sunday 20:00 – 03:00
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 £
@ 349 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5QY
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Wrong @ Union
Friday night/Saturday morning 01:00 – 11:00
TechHouse party in London Vauxhall, with mixed crowd.
Admission: 10-12 £
@ 66 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Cruising & Fetish

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

Stark Bollock Naked (SBN) @ Union
Sunday 14:00 – 22:00
Busy gay dance & play party with strict dresscode naked.
(From 18:00 underwear and shorts are also permitted.)
Admission: 15-18 £
@ 66 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

The Backstreet
Friday, Saturday 22:00 – 03:00; + Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 18:00 – 22:00
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

The Underground Club
Bar with some dark corners and several special interest parties (agenda 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

Vault 139
Daily 13:00 – 19:00 – 01:00
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

 Ted's Place
Monday, Tuesday 19:00 – 24:00; Thursday 19:00 – 02:00; Friday 19:00 – 24:00; Sunday 19:00 – 02:00;
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

Chariots Vauxhall
Monday-Thursday 12:00 – 08:00; Friday 12:00 – Monday 08:00 nonstop
Big old gay sauna with lots of cabins.
Situated next 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)
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
Monday-Thursday 11:00 – 24:00; Friday 11:00 – Saturday 24:00 nonstop; Sunday 10:00 – 24:00
Friendly gay sauna in London Kennington/Lambeth.
Admission: 11-15 £
@ 6 Cleaver Street
London SE11 4DP
Subway: Kennington

Pleasuredrome
Daily 24h
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
Monday-Thursday 11:00 – 23:00; Friday, Saturday 11:00 – 08:00; Sunday 11:00 – 23:00
Gay sauna in London East End.
Admission: 15-20 £
@ 574 Commercial Road
London E14 7JD

Sweatbox Soho
Daily 24h
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
Daily 11:30 – 22:30
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
Monday-Saturday 10:00 – 18:30; 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).
@ 66 Marchmont Street
London WC1N 1AB
Subway: Russell Square

clonezone Soho Flagshipstore
Monday-Wednesday 11:00 – 22:00; Thursday-Saturday 11:00 – 23:00; Sunday 12:00 – 21:00
Gay magazines, books, postcards, underwear, T-shirts, clubwear, toys.
@ 35 Old Compton Street
London W1D 5JX
Subway: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road, Piccadilly Circus

clonezone Earls Court
Monday-Thursday 10:00 – 20:00; Friday, Saturday 10:00 – 22:00; Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
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
Daily 11:00 – 21:00; Friday, Saturday till 24:00
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
Monday-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

GEAR London
Monday-Friday 12:00 – 20:00; Saturday 11:00 – 20:00; Sunday 12:00 – 17:00
Big shop for sportswear, urban, leather, rubber.
@ 75 Great Eastern Street
London EC2A 3HN
Subway: Old Street

Prowler Soho
Monday-Wednesday 11:00 – 21:30; Thursday-Saturday 11:00 – 22:00; Sunday 12:00 – 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
Monday-Thursday 11:00 – 20:00; Friday, Saturday 11:00 – 22:00; Sunday 12:00 – 19:00
Rubber and leather fetish clothing and accessories.
@ 13a Bateman Street
London W1D 3AF
Subway: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus

Services

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

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

Rainbow Gay Tours
Gay tour guide company with tours such as a City of London Tour, a City of Westminster Tour and a gay nightlife tour.
@ London

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
London WC2H 8LW

Signature Gay Massage
Massage studio in London with tantric massage techniques.