The pub is an institution of the British culture and those serving the LGBT community have for many years represented safe and accepting places where people could meet and socialise. In the last few years many of them have sadly closed their doors, pushed out of business by astronomical rents and also by the advent of the internet and the apps, who have radically changed the landscape. Outrage was expressed when The Black Cap, an institution of the London LGBT scene since the mid-60s, closed to be redeveloped into flats and The Vauxhall Tavern was saved by being declared a Heritage Building.
However there are still plenty of successful LGBT bars & pubs in London, in fact far too many to mention: many still have a full roster of drag and cabaret performances.
Soho may not be as queer as it once was and many LGBT venues have closed or are being turned into luxury flats, to the outcry of the last few Bohemians living in the area, but it is still the very heart of London’s LGBT bar scene, especially along Old Compton Street, where the buzz on a weekend night is irresistible.
Central StationWine and dine, or just enjoy a glass of quality beer from around the world, a soft drink, specialty tea or coffee in our relaxed and friendly…
City of QuebecQuiet gay pub with traditional Victorian decor and entertainment (drag/comedy shows) in its basement club/bar. Marylebone area.
Comptons of SohoA few steps away from The Welly but bigger and grander and a monumental staircase. Finding a table upstairs by the balcony is great for watching the…
Freedom SohoFreedom is a stylish and sophisticated Bar and Club, located on Wardour Street, in the heart of London’s Soho.
Halfway 2 HeavenLGBT Bar situated between Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square. As the name says: halfway between Soho & Heaven Club.
Ku Bar / Leicester SquareKu Bar is the ideal after work hangout with great offers throughout the week on premium branded products.
New Bloomsbury SetNBS is a friendly independent bar open every day from 4pm. Happy Hour until 8pm, Free Wifi.
The Admiral DuncanSomewhat quaint and provincial - neighbourhood feel despite its location. This bar was carefully rebuilt after having been destroyed on 30 April 1999…
The Duke of Wellington‘The Welly’ as affectionately known provides a local bar feel in the heart of Westminster, with a tender homely décor and set over two floors, linked…
Village SohoWhen Soho started its transformation from seedy to gay, The Village was one of the first gay bars to open, closely followed by many others. It was…
Those with more alternative tastes or looking for live music, or DJs spinning more eclectic tunes should head east to the Shoreditch and Dalston areas.
BJ The White SwanA local legend, the White Swan is the East End’s most famous gay boozer.
George & DragonThe George & Dragon is a late-night bar in the traditional British pub style. Meet the…
The Dalston SuperstoreAn eclectic venue on two levels - bar & art space upstairs and a small dance floor…
Vauxhall, just south of the river for many years acted as a refuge for bars & clubs that did not fit the ‘mainstream’ and could find refuge in the many empty warehouses and under-used railway arches with a low rental value. Home to a large gay population, the area is now undergoing a massive redevelopment, at least north of the railway.
The BridgeThe gay London wine bar, managed by the Orange Team.
The Two BrewersA stalwart of the South London thriving gay scene, The Two Brewers has welcomed its…
The Vauxhall TavernConsidered to be the oldest LGBT venue in London, a meeting point for gay people dating…
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