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.
01/11/13: Fridays at Eagle London is Tonker, an institution that attracts the more manly men on the scene, from jocks and leather boys to skinheads, bears and cubs, it is the perfect testosterone fuelled spit and sawdust crowd that you expect to inhabit a bar with the aroma of Tom of Finland oozing from the walls.
HORSE MEAT DISCO:
20/10/13: Horse Meat Disco celebrated 10 years of taking us to Sunday school. Founding DJs James Hillard and Jim Stanton, with Severino and Luke Howard reminded us why HMD is the reason to get outta bed at the end of the weekend.
21/09/13: Vauxhall was the place to be as QX Club News rose to the occasion for suggestive shenanigans galore at Eagle London’s latest Saturday-nighter, Boner, last weekend.
TRANNYSHACK XXX vs STUNNERS
15/08/13: London’s wildest drag divas staged a triple X-rated, T-girl takeover as Trannyshack South XXX hijacked Vauxhall’s Eagle last weekend.
27/07/13: QX Club News got frisky for a steamy summer session as hot homo-happening, Club R18, hijacked Vauxhall’s Eagle last Saturday.
CARPET BURN: CARPET GURN
06/07/13: Vauxhall went back to the decade of glo-sticks and dodgy bowl-cuts for a Carpet Burn Presents ‘Carpet Gurn’ 90s spectacular at ‘top-secret warehouse rave venue’, The Eagle, last weekend.
HORSE MEAT DISCO
16/06/13: Galloping through the doors for the final night of the Official Summer Rites Warm up weekend, we were braying to get our drink on to special guest Honey Djon.
25/05/13: We mixed it up with the beefcakes for the start of the bank holiday weekend as Tonker got grizzly at Vauxhall’s Eagle last Friday.
04/05/13: The first Saturday of the month and a bank holiday weekend? What better way to spend the night than having “a right effing knees up,” as promised by Carpet Burn.
TONKER 10TH BIRTHDAY
22/03/13: Oh yes, in 2013, it’s still very much about the bears! Ten years ago when Tonker swung its doors open to provide a burly, beefy alternative for London’s pruned and preened gay scene, the bear as we know it today was still very much an outsider amongst outsiders.
16/03/13: There are few better reasons for going out than the opportunity to stare at hot guys and judge on appearances. Or so I’m told.
THE TONKER 10
Tim Jones: “Tonker started as an idea from three of us - Tim, Tony and Lee - back in 2002, and from there we have grown into an international brand and one of the biggest weekly bloke nights in London.
EAGLE 9TH BIRTHDAY
09/02/13: QX Club News hit top Vauxhall hotspot, Eagle London, as the crew celebrated an amazing nine years of first class partying with a dazzling display of disco, decadence and debonair dudes last Saturday.
LIKE AN EAGLE…
...sang 80s porn star Dennis Parker. Now Eagle London is following suit and spreading its wings, ready to reach loftier heights as it enters a new era offering its hot-blooded homo horn beasts a whole new array of entertainment with its ‘Sex Entertainment License’ and impending 9th birthday! Owner Mark Oakley reveals all to Cliff Joannou…
27/01/13: Leather, pleather and SEX! The Eagle in Vauxhall now has a sex license, which means the birth of a new night called… Wait for it… R18.
CARPET BURN BIG NYE KNEES-UP
31/12/12: Being the filthy homosexuals that we are, we’ve always preferred a New Year’s Steve to a New Year’s Eve – but given the immediate unavailability of the former we headed down to Vauxhall’s Eagle for a stomper of a Carpet Burn NYE knees-up that saw the guys heralding the dawn of 2013 in classic style.
CARPET’S BEST CUTS OF 2012
Celebrating the biggest moments of the year with the Carpet Burn crew…
BEARS VS BULLYING!
Ahead of the big Tonker Christmas party this week, Patrick Cash catches up with club promoter Tim Jones to find out what to expect, and organiser of the ‘Inclusion for All’ programme Shaun Dellenty to talk about the charity the club is supporting…
14/12/12: As the nights get colder and my 300-count duvet fails to do the job, I find myself increasingly in need of a big strong man to warm my toes and chop firewood.
08/12/12: Life at QX Towers really is a glamorous whirl taking in one glitzy red carpet reception after the next – and so it was that we found ourselves limousined like superstars to the heart of London’s Vauxhall for the launch of a hot and happening new retail experience at one of our favourite venues last weekend.