Patroc London Gay Guide 2021

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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
Park Plaza London Riverbank
Hotel. ****, from 100 £
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.

Admiral Duncan
Reopened May 2021; 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

Arch Clapham
Reopened 2021; daily till 24:00/01:00
New LGBT bar with food, protein shakes, cocktails and drinks.
@ Voltaire Road (Arch 642)
London SW4 6DH
Subway: Clapham North

Central Station
Reopened May 2021; daily 17:00 – 01:00
Long established pub in London King's Cross, famous for its comedy, cabaret, karaoke and burlesque performances.
@ 37 Wharfdale Road
London N1 9SD
Subway: King's Cross / St. Pancras

Circa Soho
Reopened 2021; daily 13:00 – 01:00
Popular gay music bar in London Soho.
@ 62 Frith Street
London W1D 3JN
Subway: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square

Circa Embankment
Lounge bar reopened May 2021; Thursday-Saturday from 20:00
Located in the very center of London.
@ Hungerford House, Victoria Embankment
London WC2N 6PA
Subway: Embankment

City of Quebec
Reopened 2021; daily ~11:00 – 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
Reopened 2021; 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
June 2021 temporarily reclosed
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

Duke Of Wellington
Reopened May 2021
Traditional gay pub in London Soho.
@ 77 Wardour Street
London W1D 6QA
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road

Eagle London
Reopening approx. July 2021
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 May 2021; Thursday-Saturday 22:00 – 04:00; Sunday 22:00 – 03:00
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
Bar reopened May 2021; 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
Bar reopened May 2021; daily 22:00 – 04:00

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

Halfway to Heaven
Reopened May 2021; Monday-Saturday 12:00 – 23:00; Sunday 12:00 – 20:00
LGBT-oriented camp cabaret entertainment bar.
Located next to Trafalgar Square.
@ 7 Duncannon Street
London WC2N 4JF
Subway: Charing Cross

King's Arms
Reopened May 2021
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
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 May 2021; 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 May 2021
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
Reopened May 2021
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 May 2021
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
Bar reopened May 2021; Tuesday-Thursday 19:00 – 24:00; Friday 18:00 – 02:00; Saturday 14:00 – 02:00; Sunday 15:00 – 23:00
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 2021
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
Reopened May 2021
Friendly camp bar in London Kennington.
Mixed clientele.
@ 340 Kennington Road
London SE11 4LD
Subway: Oval, Kennington

The Glory
Reopened May 2021
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 Yard
Reopened
Popular gay bar in London Soho, with outdoor seating area.
@ 57 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PL
Subway: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square

Two Brewers
Reopened May 2021; Monday-Thursday 17:00 – 24:00; Friday 17:00 – 01:00; Saturday 15:00 – 01:00; Sunday 15:00 – 24:00
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 May 2021; Monday-Thursday 16:00 – 24:00; Friday, Saturday 16:00 – 02:00; Sunday 16:00 – 23:30
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.

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 £
@ London

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:
Shock – Friday from 21:00, from 12 £
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 May 2021; Thursday-Saturday 22:00 – 04:00; Sunday 22:00 – 03:00
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
Reopening approx. July 2021; 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 £
@ Eagle London 349 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5QY
Subway, Bus: Vauxhall

Wrong
Friday night/Saturday morning 24:00 – 10:00
Next party: 25 June 2021
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.

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

 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.

Covent Garden Health Spa (The Stable)
Reopened April 2021; 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 May 2021
Friendly gay sauna in London Kennington/Lambeth.
Admission: 10-15 £
@ 6 Cleaver Street
London SE11 4DP
Subway: Kennington

Pleasuredrome
Reopened May 2021
Gay bathhouse, located in a railway arch, with cafe-bar, several saunas, pool and massage room.
Admission: 20 £ (12 £ up to 30 years)
@ 124 Cornwall Road
London SE1 8XE
Subway: Waterloo

Sailors Sauna
Reopened May 2021
Gay sauna in London East End.
Admission: 15-20 £
@ 574 Commercial Road
London E14 7JD

Sweatbox Soho
Reopening 21 June 2021
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
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
Monday, Tuesday 11:00 – 20:00; Wednesday-Friday 11:00 – 21:00; Saturday 12:00 – 22:00; Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
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
Monday-Saturday 11:00 – 20:00; 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
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
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

Prowler Soho
Monday-Thursday 11:00 – 20:00; Friday, Saturday 11:00 – 22:00; Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
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-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

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

Tour Londres
LGBT-friendly company offering guided tours in English and Spanish, airport transfers, travel advice and other services in London.
They also offer unique outdoor escape games, incl. a London LGBTQ Escape Game.
@ 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

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