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.
SIKSY ORAL FOUR PLAY!
Having already offended everyone in the New World, The Kinsey Sicks crash-land in London for their debut UK performance this May (20th-24th). Their week long show: “America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild” will run at XXL Bear Pride and also marks their 20th anniversary. Described as America’s favourite dragapella beauty-shop quartet, they’ve toured internationally, recorded eight albums, been the subject of two films and even appeared on America’s Got Talent. Jason Reid spoke to Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina to find out more about the very crazy world of the Kinsey Sicks...
Bear Pride is back for 2013 - bigger, butcher, bolder and more beary than ever before! Promoter Mark Ames gives QX the bear essentials for a week of activity…
04/05/13: London went bank holiday bonkers as XXL raised the roof with a full-on ‘Cop Night’ spectacular at Pulse last weekend.
20/04/13: QX Club News hit pumpin’ pleasure palace Pulse as London’s colossal weekly bears’ bash raised the roof yet again with a storming ‘XXL Leather’ party last weekend.
23/02/13: London got gruff for a shakedown on the South Bank as the capital’s biggest weekly bear bash drew in the masses for a roof-raising XXL ‘Retrospective’ party last weekend.
16/02/13: It was big love and bear hugs all the way at XXL last Saturday as the fur turned red for their own brand of cuddled-up Valentine’s party.
XXL – LEATHER
19/01/13: OK, so we may not have been donning our leather chaps (we threw them out when Christina got fat) or a harness (we weren’t letting anything restrain us tonight) - but the bears of our big city certainly made up for it.
31/12/12: Mark Ames and his boys put the grrrr into 2013 with a super-grizzly bash that had the Pulse arches rockin’ for one of the biggest roof-raising blowouts of the party season on New Year’s Eve.
XXL – COP NIGHT
08/12/12: Conditions may have been arctic over the weekend but temperatures soared at Pulse as XXL rocked a steamy YMCA vibe with a super-macho ‘Cop Night’ bash last Saturday.
01/12/12: London beefed it up with a monumental XXL World AIDS Day fundraiser as QX Club News headed over to Pulse for a super special edition of the ever-popular bears bash last Saturday.
24/11/12: The weekend deluge was no match for a beefed-up crowd of funkin’ hunks as XXL rocked the mighty Pulse arches with a spectacular ‘XXL Leather’ bash last weekend.
XXL – GUY FAWKES
03/11/12: Why would we go and watch fireworks, when we could go and cause some?
20/10/12: If you went down to the woods last Saturday you would have been in for a big surprise as DJ Christian M was the foreman in charge of the Lumberjacks at XXL.
06/10/12: QX Club News strapped on our lederhosen and got thigh-slapping as XXL went continental for a fur-fuelled ‘Oktobearfest’ party last weekend.
XXL – 12TH BIRTHDAY
15/09/12: Last Saturday saw Mark Ames’ XXL, Europe’s biggest bear club, reach the ripe old age of 12, and although subtitled ‘The Dirty Dozen’ this was no Charles Bronson military takeover, but a glorious mix of bare hairy chests, suits, leather, sportswear, cammo and even twinks.
18/08/2012: Now a regular event on the beefy calendar, XXL Construction returned to Pulse at the weekend for a building site playground of hot, horny fellas in hard hats and hi-vis jackets.
XXL ‘OLYMPIC BEAR PARTY’
04/08/12: As Great Britain’s Olympian heroes overhauled the rest of the world, taking an amazing six gold medals in one day, XXL got in on the action with London’s beefiest beefcake flocking to mega-venue Pulse for a monumental ‘Olympic Bear’ bash last weekend.
XXL – RETROSPECTIVE
21/07/12: London stepped back in time to the decade of Reagan, robotic dancing, and roller-disco as Pulse got pumping for a storming XXL ‘I € The 80s’ bash last weekend.
07/07/12: As LGBT London overcame a mire of controversy whilst ‘rediscovering its roots’ (no, not the ‘get-thee-to-a-hairdresser’ kind dears) for a ‘back to basics’ Pride event, QX Club News did what we do best and hit the tiles for a monumental XXL WorldPride bash on Saturday night.
XXL – SPEEDO PARTY
30/06/12: London dived in for a night of outsized antics as XXL surfed a tidal wave of excitement with a supercharged ‘Speedo Party’ last weekend.