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The gay cruise scene in London is quite focused on the fetish, leather, and rubber niche, and there are some amazing cruise clubs and parties to check out if that’s your thing. Otherwise, naked parties like those held at UNION are your best option for some non-fetish fun.
Yes, gay cruise clubs in London are perfectly legal and safe. The biggest risk you run is pickpockets or simply your wallet falls out of your pocket when you are otherwise occupied. So make sure you always leave your personal belongings in a secure place, like a locker.
THROUGH are occasional dance and cruise parties, known for being welcoming of types and ages – a true mixed gay crowd. Recently, they mostly happen at FiRE in Vauxhall. Tickets vary in price (usually they are cheaper the sooner you get them online), usually about £30 on the door – this often includes free entry to Beyond @ FiRE after-party which keeps going until 1 PM. Last entry 3:30 AM.
Hard On is a monthly party held at UNION, and is known for being one of the more hardcore fetish and leather parties around. There’s dancing, darkrooms, steamy live shows, and a wet area – just make sure you show up in leather, rubber, or uniform. Their Facebook page is a private group, so it’s a good idea to request to join in advance, so you can see when the next event is. Entry is £20.
RUT is a leather and rubber party, taking place about once a month. They take their dress code very seriously – check their website in advance to make sure you’ll be let in. RUT Club is currently closed as they look for a new venue, but we hope to see new parties start up again soon.
“Guys who enjoy cruising in their underwear can join the party at 6 pm and get involved in the action that will still be going strong” SBN and NBN (standing for “Stark Bollock Naked” and “Near Bollock Naked”) are some of London’s largest and most popular naked parties, taking place every Sunday at UNION in Vauxhall. Join SBN during the day (2 PM – 10 PM) for over 400 fully naked guys enjoying DJs and a massive play area with equipment, or choose NBN (6 PM – 10 PM) for a shorts-and-underwear-welcome party in a large private garden. Entry is £15 and includes coat check and a drink.
Vault 139 is a popular cruise club in West London with a different dress code (naked, underwear, full clothes, or any of the above) depending on the day – check their website for details. It isn’t particularly big or fancy, but it usually has a good crowd, and it’s one of the few cruise clubs in London that allows regular street clothes. Entry fee is £10, including coat check, a free drink, and re-entry. They have free entry days for under 25s on Sundays and Wednesdays and for students on Tuesdays.
You’ll find The Underground Club below gay bar Central Station, in the King’s Cross/St Pancras area. Pop in during the week for a no-frills, down-and-dirty cruise atmosphere (open from 1 PM to late), or go on a weekend night for a more traditional basement club feel. Weekday afternoons can be quiet, but there’s usually a good time to be had, as long as you don’t mind the slightly dingy surroundings and a more mature crowd. Entry is usually £5, but there are occasional free or £1 nights.
The Bunker is not really a cruise club, but an appointment-only fetish and BDSM space with an industrial WW2 theme. Prices range from £80 for 90 minutes to £330 for a fully immersive 12h-session (not for the faint-hearted!), based on a maximum of three people (£20 per extra person). Top-of-the range equipment and kit available to fulfill every possible fantasy, plus it’s open 24/7.