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.
16/05/14: It may have been the Eurovision Camp Contest everywhere else in the world, but in our bubble, Saturday night was owned by one fierce woman belting out tunes to a bunch of gays; Rita Ora. The last time Miss Ora appeared at Heaven, she’d already released a string of hits, so when we heard she was back to perform her latest tune ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ we were there quicker than you can say “bearded lady who?”
XXL: Bearpride 2014
24/05/14: What a Beartastic time to be alive! Bear-ded tranny wins Eurovision, Prince Charles gets Bearish with a Russian bully bear and an NFL footbear comes out at the start of his career instead of at the end. And it’s only May!
10/05/14: The night couldn’t have got any happier and humpier than XXL’s Saturday night Eurovision Party. The club was fully electrified with the joy of Austria’s Mister-sister Conchita Wurst, the bearded ‘lady’, winning Eurovision. What else could possibly put a smile on the face of a bearded burly biker daddy than seeing one of his own kickin arse and takin home the trophy!
26/04/14: We’ve got the T-shirt, we’ve downloaded the app and, with newly extended opening hours, we seized the opportunity to party through ‘til 8am as XXL raised the roof on Pulse with a rockin’ ‘St George’s Day’ blast last weekend.
12/04/14: Mark Ames and the team squeezed into their singlets and hit the mats for another macho foray into the homoerotic world of hardass he-men as XXL had themselves a barnyard wrassle with “Wrestle”.
29/03/14: XXL cranked up the construction site with its usual crew of jackhammer hotties and bricklaying daddies. Resident DJs Alex Logan, Christian M, and Joe Egg tossed out hot rivets of familiar disco-pop and harder ripped bass to match the ripped abs and barrel chests that could’ve run the power on friction alone!
15/03/14: Pulse welcomed the hirsute hordes as XXL hit the spot for yet another rockin’ party with a rocket-boosted St Patrick’s Day blowout, coupled with promoter Mark Ames’ birthday bash, last weekend.
These days the mantra for many promoters seems to be ‘bigger is better’, but increasingly we are finding the ‘experience’ actually gets more and more diluted and, dare we say it, ‘bigger is actually more mediocre’.
01/03/14: After a hard day of lopping big trees into little logs, a lumberjack needs to kick back, pop open a brewski and get down… to XXL to the real business of turning twigs into big branches!
15/02/14: XXL at Pulse had more than our hearts throbbin’ this Valentine’s Day weekend as the Teddy Bears and Care Bears came together in a party that seemed to be custom-made just for them.
01/02/14: The choice of attire for Saturday’s XXL Cop was a difficult one – did we go in butch black, nightstick in hand with our eyes menacingly hidden by a peaked cap, or was it to be jail-bait bitch in an orange boiler suit?
18/01/14: Harnesses, boots, jockstraps and chaps across London were being polished off and squeezed into, as the gay men of the capital prepared for XXL Leather.
01/01/14: After the roadblock that was New Year’s Eve at XXL, NYD Fusion was a less manic affair with a super hot crowd of guys and girls where every one seemed hand picked for their friendliness and fun factor.
31/12/13: QX Club News hitched a happening ride into 2014 as the mighty XXL staged a monumental New Year’s Eve bash that had the hunkish and the hairy flocking to Pulse in their masses.
14/12/13: QX Club News took on London’s hide-bound homos as the mighty XXL packed in the pre-seasonal masses for a rampaging ‘XXL Leather’ blowout last weekend.
30/11/13: With a flurry of World AIDS Day events over the weekend we popped down to Blackfriars Bridge to join the burly blokes at XXL for their fundraiser for Mildmay.
16/11/13: QX Club News hit popular hotspot Pulse as rampant rubberists joined latex-lovers and elastic enthusiasts for a monumental ‘XXL Rubber’ bash last weekend.
XXL GUY FAWKES
02/11/13: Not being a big bad bear, and not even being a (particularly) hairy boy, we were wondering what to expect from one of our first forays to renowned ‘bear’ superclub XXL.
XXL: Full Moon
19/10/13: Full Moon Fever had us howlin’ ‘n’ growlin’ with wolves, bears, cubs and chubs at XXL as Papa Bear Mark Ames and his burly boys opened the cages for a full-on flesh fest.
05/10/13: The gruff and the rugged were out in force for yet another turbo-boosted party as XXL, who raised the roof on Pulse with a pumpin’ ‘Octobearfest’ bash, last weekend.