Gay Bars in Central London
|| One of the best
bars to sum up the gay scene in Central London is the
fresh and funky Bar Aqua [map],
Maiden Lane. In the heart of Covent Garden Bar
Aqua has light and airy décor and a young and bright
clientele. This is a hidden treasure and the perfect place
for a simple meal or a fun night out after dark.
First Out [map],
St. Giles High Street, invites a mixed crowd of gay and
lesbians to experience great drinks offers and fancy food
including a bounty of desserts and cakes. This intimate
venue can get very rowdy, particularly during the summer
Halfway 2 Heaven [map],
Duncannon Street, is one of those classic trendy bars
and the perfect venue to while away a few hours after
a hectic day of shopping.
For a taste of Chinatown pop over to West Central [map] at Lisle Street, which is one of the more established
gay bars. Offering a real mix of people and therefore
able to appeal to all budgets, West Central is the place
to begin your evening adventure on a Friday or Saturday
The stylish, yet simple, surroundings of Kudos [map],
Adelaide St, provides young gay businessmen and celebrities
with a place to socialise and chill out. Regularly voted
the best gay venue in London, Kudos continues to ooze
The Retro Bar [map],
2 George Court, The Strand, is a great indie and pop bar
offering music from the 70s and 80s and is a lively place
in which to socialise or start your night in style.
One of London’s most famous gay bars Brief Encounter [map] is located at St Martin’s Lane, and has undergone
a face lift since its infamous days as the home of society
scandal in the 1970s and 1980s. Now Brief Encounter is
an altogether more respectable affair but still provides
the warm-up drinks for those heading to Heaven later in the evening.
Vespa Lounge, Upstairs at Conservatory Bar [map],
St Giles High St is one of the few exclusive lesbian venues
and is a great place to socialise in the women-only environment.
Men are admitted as guests.
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