The XXL Holiday Diary

Our lowdown of the bear superclub’s festive plans


Yes, we’ve opted for the Americanism “holiday” instead of Christmas, because frankly, it’s only halfway through November and we’ve already seen and written the word “Christmas” so much so that we’re already sick of it.

So here’s XXL’s HOLIDAY diary. Our favourite thing about XXL is that they just. Don’t. Stop. They weather international events, prides and even attacks on our city, and come out bright-eyed and bushy tailed on the other side. Needless to say, they’ve got a paw-clenchingly busy roster of events in the lead up to Christmas and New Year.

“Paw-clenchingly”. No, we’re not sure what that means either. It’s vaguely erotic though, especially if you happen to be a Furry!

The Christmas stuff really starts to get into frost-inducing swing on December 16th with XXL Leather. The question is…can leather be festive? Mariah Carey certainly thinks so but then, she thinks everything can be festive. She probably thinks suncream is festive. She probably slathers it on her Christmas pudding.

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Santa wears like, leather rigger boots doesn’t he? That’ll do. So there we are, leather is festive. As well as lots of bears in leather, there’ll be international DJ superstar Pagano doing his thannng.

Next, it’s XXL CHRISTMAS on December 23rd. XXL are notorious for their Christmas parties, and it’s always an interesting crowd, because it’s made up of people who’ve made the decision to stay in London for Christmas – usually a discerning, brave, clever bunch of people. Anyone who prioritizes drinking with a bunch of bears over sitting on a First Great Western cattle carriage overloaded with presents, is a-ok in our book. Hi First Great Western, you’re fucking awful!

Afterwards, you can stumble home and stuff yourself with mince pies and maybe watch Jurassic Park on ITV2, then it’s straight back out for XXL Wild Bears on Saturday 30th, THEN XXL NYE the day after! Yes, NYE is on a Sunday this year. How discombobulating.

Needless to say, XXL are ‘pulling out all the stops’ (there’s a quintessential QX phrase for ya!). They’ve got loads planned for NYE, most notably hot burly DJ Moto Blanco.

So get yourself a pair of those leather santa boots, and come and get fistive at XXL! “Festive”, sorry, that was a typo. OR WAS IT.

XXL is every Saturday (and on NYE) at Pulse Nightclub, 1 Invicta Plaza, SE1 9UF. 10pm – 7am. £15 guests, £10 members.

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