London Gay Clubbing Guide Gay Clubs in London

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Overview Gay Club Scene In London

London has one of the most burgeoning Gay and Lesbian club scenes not only in Europe but also the world. It is a largely liberal thinking city with a thriving Gay community who are not short of nightlife options. Even hetero clubbers often prefer the and the positive and upbeat vibes of a Gay Club such as Heaven, arguably London’s most recognized Gay venue.  High Drink prices are typical of any night club in London but there are places offering happy hours and more affordable drink specials. This big city has a lot on offer for gay and lesbian tourists particularly in Soho, central London and now in nearby Vauxhall, South London which is steadily cultivating a vibrant bar and club scene of its own.

London Gay & Lesbian Club Guide With Club Reviews

For Guys:

Heaven The Arches Villiers Street Charing Cross – Heaven is the English capital’s premiere Gay Night club. It is a super club opened at the end of the 1970′s and has garnered a reputation in the 1980′s for its high profile clientele such as zany comedian Kenny Everett and extrovert Rock star Freddie Mercury. Heaven is the only Gay nightclub to have a 6 am drinks licence which gives it an edge over it’s increasing competition.

The musical roots of Heaven began with the disco sound of the early 1980′s and in recent times, Monday is perhaps the busiest week of the night with resident DJ’s blaring out the sounds of Funky house and Pop music in a party called ”Popcorn”. The Aids crisis of the 1980′s has caused the club’s crowd to be more conservative when it comes to public sexual acts. Drink prices are reasonable for London with double vodka’s costing about 5 quid but the entry fee can be a little extortionate if you arrive very late. website, http://www.heavennightclub-london.com/

Fire, London South  Lambeth Road Vauxhall/ tel no: 0203-242-0040 – Fire is an alternative Gay venue with funky electro and house/Techno tunes providing the soundtrack to your night. They have four separate rooms with DJ’s playing different types of music. The entry price varies depending on the night you will need to contact the venue to find out more.  Drink prices are a little steep and you can only pay in cash at this hot spot. Opening times are till 8 am and 11 am on Thursday Friday and Saturday nights..website http://www.fireclub.co.uk
Lo Profile Soho the basement 84-86 Wardour Street Leicester Square station – Lo Profile is one of the Capitals’ most exuberant and celebrated Gay venues. It’s ideal for those in search of a Hardcore gay clubbing experience. They have a brilliant lighting system and the most fashionable decor. Beer is typically priced from 3.70 per bottle and they have an extensive cocktail list. They predominately play funky house tunes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Opening hours are Thurs 9 pm till 3 am Fri is 10 pm till 4 am and Sat 10 pm till 4 am. Admission fee varies depending on the night but is usually around Ten pounds.  website http://profilesoho.com/
Club 49 Greek Street Soho London – The atmosphere is amiable and welcoming and the interior is predictably modern and stylish. There is a relaxing cocktail lounge with inflated drink prices, A dance floor or the VIP lounge for the more affluent clubber. They have some more affordable drinks during their happy hours between Monday and Saturday. Their resident DJ’s spin a mix of rnb, House and club classics. Open Mon-Sat 5 pm till 3 am. Cover charge is around 5 pounds on most nights. website http://www.club49soho.com/
The Shadow Lounge London 5 Brewer Street Soho – The Lounge is a swanky and contemporary Gay club. The hospitality is held in high regard and Shadow is known for alluring celebrity and high profile clientele. Opening Hours are 10 pm till 3 am. A bottle of beer costs from 4.50 and wine is also a little expensive costing 18 quid per bottle. They have an eclectic musical line up with funky house, Electro, Disco, Dance RnB all being played on different nights. Groups of clubbers must be mostly gay men website http://www.theshadowlounge.co.uk/
G-A-Y London Heaven The Arches Villiers Street – Everyone from Bjork to Boyzone has performed at this legendary Gay club night. Some would say that it is not only London but Europe’s biggest Gay and Lesbian party and a real haven for LGBT liberation. Gay icons such as Disco Queen Donna Summer and global superstar Lady GaGa have showcased their talents here. Open Thurs-Fri 11 pm till 4 am and Saturday 11.30 pm till 5 am. Beer is fairly priced but entry fee is usually a little high website   http://www.heaven-live.co.uk/
Barcode, Vauxhall London Arch 69 Goding Street – Barcode was originally located in Soho’s gay district and is very popular amongst London’s gay clubbers. The crowd tend to be mostly laid back and amiable. It’s been described as the perfect pre-clubbing destination. They are renowned for having more affordable drinks with their regular happy hours and some of the capital’s most renowned DJ’s such as Robb White and Louis Lennon set up at Barcode to spin Gay friendly dance tracks for their fun loving public. Open 9 pm till as late as 6 am. website  http://www.bar-code.co.uk/
Crash Club Union, London Vauxhall 66 Albert Embankment – Vauxhall in Southeast London  has created a Gay scene all of its own in recent years and Crash is one of the best ”Crusing” destinations for the more voyeuristic gay clubber. They have two sizeable floors, with two bars, a lounge and a Dark room. Drinks are averagely priced and so affordable. Whether you have a particular fetish, just fancy a dance or would like to make some new intimate pals, all your tastes are catered for at Union, a club on Vauxhall’s gay strip growing in popularity and recognition with every passing year. It’s only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  They are located just 2 minutes walk from Vauxhall tube station. Union is a late night hot spot open till 8 am in the morning. Their DJ’S play different styles of music including Acid House, Techno and Drum And Bass. website http://www.clubunion.co.uk/Union/Welcome.html
Green Carnation, London 4-5 Greek Street Soho – Green Carnation is an opulent affair which is largely inspired by Legendary hedonist himself the one and only Oscar Wilde. Green Carnation is spaced out over three floors, a dance floor, a lounge bar and an intimate cellar. The clientele consists mainly of 30 something spendthrifts. The dance floor is never usually that heaving as most customers prefer the upstairs Lounge areas which has smoother and sexier tunes playing creating a rather amorous atmosphere. A pint of beer is affordably priced at 3.50- 4 pounds but most cocktails are as much as £7.50. There is plenty of hennessey and champagne on offer for more affluent party-goer’s. Cover charge is about 3 pounds and the opening times are 4 pm till 2 am Mon-Sat and 4 pm till Midnight on Sunday’s website http://greencarnationlondon.com/index.php
Mixed: 

Ruby Tuesday’s, London 30 Lisle Street WC2H 7BA Nearest tube is Leicester Square Ruby is held every Tuesday at London’s Ku Club. This is where Lesbians and their gay male friends come to let off some mid week steam. Entry is free which is an added bonus. Revered dyke DJ Sandra D plays a set of Indie, Commercial pop and Rnb tunes for her adoring public. There is even a chocolate fountain on offer for randy Strawberry dippers. Opening times are 9 pm till 3 am every Tuesday at the basement bar. Drinks are by no means inexpensive.website  http://www.ku-bar.co.uk/

East Bloc, Shoreditch London 214-217 City Road Old Street Tube station – This is a buzzing Gay/Lesbian bar  populated by a pretty raucous crowd. Drink prices are typically extravagant as you would expect from a venue in trendy shoreditch. The place is hetero friendly. They have different Gay and Lesbian nights with cutting Edge DJ’s playing Electro and House tracks. Every Friday is Disco Fag Bar special. Entry fee is just £1. website http://www.eastbloc.co.uk/
The Den, Soho London 16a West Central Street  nearest Tube station is Holborn  = The Den hosts a Gay and Lesbian club night every Friday called Popstarz. It is an indie night which plays the best in soft rock and alternative music for its customers. They play everything from retro 80′s tunes to present day tracks from the world of Indie and alternative music.  The Opening hours are 10 pm till 4 am and the cover charge is free with a web flyer before 11 pm 4£ Nus, £5 others and after 11 pm it is 8 quid, £6 with flyer, £5 with NUS Card. website http://popstarz.org/

For Girls:

Candy Bar Soho, London 4 Carlisle Street – As featured on British Tv this is London’s leading Lesbian hot spot. There are several affordable drinks specials between Sunday and Thursday including deals on shots and 1.50 for a bottle of Carlsberg beer. Opening hours are Mon-Sat 1 pm till 3 am. Entry fee is only 3 or 4 quid on most nights. Their resident DJ’s spin Pop and RNB tunes and i would personally describe this an an essential destination for any Lesbian travellers to London  website  http://www.candybarsoho.com/
 Club Kali,  Dome Club,1 Dartmouth Park Hill, Tuffnell Park, London  / This infamous evening runs every third Friday of the month. It’s a unique Gay/Lesbian night on the tiles with a southern Asian musical flavour. It is also hetero friendly with many clubbers outside of the Lesbian/gay community embracing the exotic culture and open minded attitude of Kali. Kali celebrates Asian religious festivals such as Diwali and Eid in decadent style with Bollywood and traditional Bhangra music parties.  Locally Revered Asian DJ’s ply their trade at Kali. The clientele is predominately Lesbian but with some Gay and hetero friends in there as well.   Bottles of beer are reasonably priced from 3 pounds upwards and a bottle of wine will cost you at least £11. Opening hours are 10 pm till 3 am. Admission fee costs £8/£5 concessions with ID, and £1 off with a flyer before 11 pm. website http://www.clubkali.com
Oakbar, Stoke Newington N16,  London 79  Green Lanes  – /The Oakbar is a large and down to earth venue for London’s lesbian community. Oakbar tends to entice a fairly alternative crowd of Lesbians who enjoy playing pool and relaxing with  a reasonably priced cocktail whilst conversing with  old and new friends. They have Rnb and dance club nights. They have occasional live rock and indie bands performing a set here. They host regular karaoke and different themed nights including  1990′s Britpop nights.  There is a drinks happy hour every day up until 8 pm. Cover charge usually costs about 5 quid which some may see a little expensive for its location. Nearest Tube station is Manor House on the Piccadilly Line. website  http://oak-bar.co.uk
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