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 Station

    Wine 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…


    Smallish gay bar with leather seats, exposed brick walls and a huge, glittering disco ball DJ booth.

    City of Quebec

    Quiet gay pub with traditional Victorian decor and entertainment (drag/comedy shows) in its basement club/bar. Marylebone area.

    Comptons of Soho

    A 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 Soho

    Freedom is a stylish and sophisticated Bar and Club, located on Wardour Street, in the heart of London’s Soho.

    Halfway 2 Heaven

    LGBT Bar situated between Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square. As the name says: halfway between Soho & Heaven Club.

    Ku Bar / Leicester Square

    Ku Bar is the ideal after work hangout with great offers throughout the week on premium branded products.

    Ku Soho

    Looking for somewhere to drink in style?

    New Bloomsbury Set

    NBS is a friendly independent bar open every day from 4pm. Happy Hour until 8pm, Free Wifi.

    The Admiral Duncan

    Somewhat 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…

    The Yard

    With its landmark courtyard, is an institution of the neighbourhood. Recently saved from development into flats it’s a favourite on summer afternoons…

    Village Soho

    When 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 Swan

    A local legend, the White Swan is the East End’s most famous gay boozer.

    East Bloc

    Drinking and dancing on the edge of Shoreditch. East Village NYC meets East London with a…

    George & Dragon

    The George & Dragon is a late-night bar in the traditional British pub style. Meet the…

    The Dalston Superstore

    An eclectic venue on two levels - bar & art space upstairs and a small dance floor…

    The Glory

    A pub and eclectic performance stage and newcomer on London’s alternative scene, Beneath…
  • 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.


    A super cool friendly video bar south of the river in cosmopolitan Clapham, South London.

    The Bridge

    The gay London wine bar, managed by the Orange Team.

    The Eagle

    The Eagle is a friendly and relaxed Vauxhall hang-out, home to men-only parties such as…

    The Two Brewers

    A stalwart of the South London thriving gay scene, The Two Brewers has welcomed its…

    The Vauxhall Tavern

    Considered to be the oldest LGBT venue in London, a meeting point for gay people dating…

    West 5

    The famous West London gay space with a rich programme of events, karaoke, etc.


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