London has the world's most diverse late night gay scene. Mainly located around its three gay villages - Soho, Shoreditch and Vauxhall - there's a gay nightclub to suit every taste, with music policies ranging from R&B and pop to full-on funky house via more underground, edgier sounds. There are, of course, many one-off and special events that happen around town to keep a look out for. And if it's something more 'adult' that you're after, then there's a whole heap of men-only and fetish special interest clubs out there, too.
HALLOWEEN MASKED BALL
26/10/13: As we strutted onto the main balcony of Café de Paris, brushing off the various sequinned drag queens and muscled pageboys who threw themselves upon our person, a sweeping sea of fabulousness, glee and glitter greeted our half-hidden eye.
WEST END BARES
01/09/13: Last Sunday West End Bares returned to the Café de Paris for its annual parade of hot dance and performance in aid of the MADTrust, raising money for people living with HIV and AIDS. Now in its fourth successful year, the West End’s hottest performers bared their flesh in slick, choreographed routines around the fun fair theme for ‘All the Fun of the Bare’.
WIG PARTY GOES TO TOYLAND
21/10/12: When we heard the theme was ‘Toyland’ - we immediately thought of Barbie, but with a touch of ghetto/sketty south London, obviously.
WIGS ‘R’ US
Think He-Man (or She –Ra!), My Little Pony, Thundercats, Action Man, Barbie and more when this year Wig Party goes to ‘Toyland’…
30/09/12: Salvation, one of the gay scenes most glamorous nights, was turning fourteen years old and to celebrate, one of our favourite hostesses, Johanna Londinium (@MzzLondinium in case you wondered), was hosting the backroom boudoir.
SHOW MUST GO ON
06/05/12: After the sad and untimely death of Steve Elliott in March, his partner Ian, friends and colleagues gathered together to organise an amazing memorial party in the venue he called home, Café de Paris, on Bank Holiday Sunday.
W.I.G PARTY PRESENTS THE MASKED BALL
18/03/12: The annual W.I.G. Party is one of London’s most fabulous and glamorous events raising money for HIV and AIDS awareness charities, so when the Wiggy team announced a second annual event – The Masked Ball – we were beside ourselves with excitement!
01/01/12: Feeling slightly fragile from New Year’s Eve, it was time to crack on with 2012, with a hair of the dog at Salvation New Year’s Day spectacular.
SALVATION – 13TH ANNIVERSARY
13/11/11: Thirteen years doesn’t seem a long time, but in club land, that is mega!
Salvation is back at Café de Paris, its original venue, for its 13th anniversary event! Alan X talks to Team Sally: promoter Steve Elliott, DJ MisWhite and new host Marnie Scarlet…
CIRCUS 5TH ANNIVERSARY
30/09/11: Café de Paris was the only place to be as the West End went wild for a star-studded Circus birthday bash last Friday.
WEST END BARES
Would you dare to bare on stage in a busy Piccadilly Circus club, full of tipsy queens, musical fans and stage door Johnny’s?
01/05/11: Promoter Alex Erfan must have the best taste in the world? Whenever he puts on an event you can bet on it that the eye candy will be out of this world.
06/03/11: Geared up for some glam slam sexiness, QX tottered on down to Café de Paris last Sunday for the highly anticipated return of hot DTPM spin-off Sexyback.
01/01/11: The West End home of super-glam London clubbing was the scene for a seasonal spectacular as the mighty DTPM made a welcome return with a ‘Sexyback’ bash that had Café de Paris busting out at the seams on New Year’s Day.