28/05/11: Halfway to Heaven and the Two Brewers joined forces last Saturday for their latest bus run around selected gay venues in London. Starting at the Brewers, and then onto Halfway, a motley crew of Cabaret Queens, drags, bears, cute boys, girls and more than a couple of exhibitionists climbed aboard the red double decker for a day of drinking, fun, laughter, cabaret carnage and, well, more drinking!
First stop was the Black Cap for a spot of brunch to line the stomach (thanks to Phil and Michael for the food, and the sliced lemons, ice and straws for the onboard bar!) before heading to the KW4. By this time, the bus bar was in full flow, expertly presided over by Nigel; DJ Demon was on the decks and the cabaret queens had us laughing and singing all the way to The Stag in Victoria for our first cabaret show of the day. Cabaret Queens Crystal d’Canter, Rose Garden, Mrs Moore, Tanya Hyde, Baga Chipz and Cookie Monstar treated us to their finest and rudest tunes before the second half of the show, held at the Brewers. Once there, the Queens showed us why they were such a huge hit in Gran Canaria for its Pride with superb shows, and they were joined on stage by backing dancers Matthew and Grant. All too soon it was back on the bus and back to Halfway to join Myra Dubois and her show tunes. Special mentions go out to Andrew who was channeling Bonny Tyler with huge hair, and Daphne – a worryingly fetching Carol Thatcher! And as for the shenanigans after the bus run? Well, I think some things just shouldn’t appear in print!

Words by Jules
Photos by Marc Abe