Gay Bars in London
|| From Soho to Camden
you’ll find plenty of excellent places to party
or chill out in London.
Probably the best known gay bar in North West London is
the Black Cap [map] in Camden. By day it’s a relaxed watering hole with
fabulous beer garden, then at the night, the basement
opens to liven up the evenings as the cabaret is unleashed.
For years this has been an institution amongst the gay
community and can boast of regular visits from Lily Savage
and the Pet Shop Boys.
Lesbians can enjoy the male free ambience of the Glass
near Euston tube station, which is an exclusively women
only bar. And this is no dyke dive either as it has the
style you’ve come to expect from bars (rather than
pubs) in the capital.
As the UK’s only gay sports bar you would think
that Central Station [map] has quite a limited clientele, however, this Kings Cross
venue in North London has a lot more to offer. With three
floors to keep people entertained you’ll find this
a popular haunt for gay people in North London. One of
the things that make this venue so favoured is their multitude
of club nights including Gummi, Boot and Ain’t Misbehaving.
It would be a crime to talk about the scene in the south
east without first mentioning The Stonewall Bar [map],
which has been a premier part of gay life in Lewisham
for many years. Serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender community as well as their straight friends,
this place is an energetic and lively venue. Enjoy a range
of dedicated nights including men-only male stripper nights
and a friendly karaoke evening. The Stonewall Bar is located
on Lewisham High Street, Lewisham.
The Brewery Tap [map],
Lingham Street, Stockwell, SW9, is in the heart of the
gay community and is a gay owned and run pub, which offers
a great atmosphere to a mixed crowd. Join in the fun at
weekly quizzes and karaoke. There are also women-only
nights while drag acts appear occasionally. With drink
promotions every night and barbeques during the summer
this really is a pub that caters for all your needs and
offers something different every night of the week.
Those who long for a thumping evening of high adrenaline
should get themselves to Two Brewers [map],
Clapham High Street, SW4, which has a gigantic dance floor.
This is the perfect place for a rowdy evening out with
a few mates and there’s plenty of great cheesy pop
music to get the party started in style. There’s
also a nightly drag show in what must surely be one of
England’s liveliest bars.
One of the best bars to sum up the gay scene in Central
London is the fresh and funky Bar Aqua [map],
Maiden Lane, WC2. 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.
Perhaps one of London’s most notorious gay bars Brief Encounter [map] is located at St Martin’s Lane, WC2, 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
For a unique clubbing experience check out the gigantic Edge [map],
Soho Square, W1, which is a trendy bar for young fit types.
The storeys of fashionable bars and funky dance floors
make this a great place to go with groups of friends.
During the summer the action spills out onto the street
and there’s a café bar on the ground floor
for eats to soak up the alcohol.
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