London Gay Bars

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London Gay Bars

London’s gay scene is one of the most exciting and diverse in Europe – whether you’re into old-fashioned pubs, swanky cocktail lounges, gritty basement bars, or arty cafés, London has a gay bar for you.

Although a night (or a few) in Soho is an absolute must-do for any gay visitor, you’ll need to venture beyond the West End to get a real feel for the variety on offer. Vauxhall has some of the best late-night venues, while the East End areas of Dalston, Hoxton, and Shoreditch offer the latest in edgy, anything-goes queer nightlife.

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Bars start getting busy at around 8 PM – a little earlier during the week, as most bars and pubs will close at 11 or midnight on week days. People usually head out to clubs at about 1 or 2 AM.

The ultimate place for gay London bar-hopping is Soho, with dozens of amazing bars and clubs within a 15-minute radius of Leicester Square. That said, there is also some good bar-hopping to be found in areas like Dalston and Vauxhall.

Londoners, like most British people, love a pint of beer. Most bars will sell a combination of international lagers and local craft beers – look out for drinks by Camden Town Brewery, Beavertown, and The Five Points Brewery.

Of course, London also has one of the world’s most exciting cocktail scenes, with innovative creations popping up every day – when in doubt, ask the bartender what’s popular.

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All-day Queer Hotspot
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Dalston Superstore is one of the East End’s best all-day gay venues – pop in here for a bite to eat, a boozy drag brunch, or a queer art exhibition during the day, or come later for late-night drinks and dancing. It’s become a very popular spot for East End hipsters of all types, but the vibe remains decidedly queer and experimental.

Facilities: Bar, Drag Show, Free WiFi
London’s coolest gay venue
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Located in between the uber-cool neighborhoods of Dalston and Shoreditch, The Glory is one of London’s coolest gay venues. Don’t be put off by the edgy hipster crowd – this is a welcoming, friendly spot. There are drag shows and LGBT+ performances most nights, with free entry on weeknights and weekends before 10.

Facilities: Bar, Live music, Dancing, Cabaret show, Music
Drag meets East End boozer
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Classic East End boozer with regular cabaret and drag shows, DJ’s, quizzes, and other entertainment. Cheap and friendly, with a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere – that said, the occasional old-fashioned blunt service is part of the experience.

Facilities: Bar

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