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.
05/04/14: “Pensieri e pensole,” sighed my Sardinian stylist mate, Simone M. picking through his lamb at L’Escargot in Soho Sat night. “Thoughts and words,” he bemoaned. “Where have all the real men, the studs, gone?” Studs, you want, eh? I twitched my nose, tugged his ginger beard and we swapped L’Escargot for L’Eagle and were surrounded by the studliest studs that ever studded!
14/03/14: London’s longest-running bijou bears night celebrated an impressive 11 years on the Vauxhall block as Tonker let rip for a bonanza birthday bash last weekend.
Eagle 10th Birthday Ball
15/02/14: Home to an astounding line-up of top-class club nights, from the likes of Tonker and Horse Meat Disco, to R18 and Trannyshack, Vauxhall’s Eagle marked a decade entertaining the masses with a spectacular 10th Birthday Ball last Saturday.
Horse Meat Disco
01/01/14: Horse Meat Disco saddled up for a New Year’s ‘Double Derby’ as Vauxhall’s Eagle crashed into 2014 with customary aplomb.
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.