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.
RVT: An Audience With…
19/03/15: Host Myra DuBois opened this unique event as only Myra can, in her wonderfully irreverent style: “We’re here raising money for Mildmay. The charity that brought Jason Reid back to life. Yeah, thanks for that..” Absolutely hilarious! You could tell from then it was going to be a good night...
RVT Sundays with Charlie Hides and Sherry Vine
16/11/14: Last Sunday we popped along to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for a full serving of Charlie Hides TV and were delighted to receive a three course gourmet banquet of hilarity.
12/09/14: We were feeling a tad… ravenous on Friday night, so we headed down to Vauxhall’s legendary RVT with a craving that only Meat could satisfy!
23/05/14: London grew some fur and went grrrr last week as Bearfest events popped up all over the place. Def one of our faves was the full-on, 5-star (not the 80s pop group) theatrical extravaganza that was Beartacular at the RVT.
04/05/14: No Bank holiday would be complete without an RVT Sunday treat and we gorged ourselves on a whole box of nuts-- the Charlie Hides TV show.
S.L.A.G.S/Chill Out NYD
01/01/14: QX Club News hit the glitzy streets of Vauxhall as the RVT followed up its S.L.A.G.S/Chill Out New Year’s Eve spectacular with an only slightly more subdued New Year’s Day bash, enticing a throng of revellers to return for even more of the monumental DJ sounds and onstage action which keep the masses coming back to this happening hotspot week after week.
12/04/13: Last month Brighton saw the launch of its newest gay radio station, Sauce FM. As if to prove they didn’t just have faces for radio, resident DJs Dulcie Danger, Simon Le Vans and Lil Alex went off-air and took over Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Friday night.
14/04/13: QX Club News hit legendary Vauxhall afternoon session, S.L.A.G.S/Chill-Out, as London basked in the first warm(ish) day of the year last weekend.
FITS & GIGGLES
10/04/13: It was raining cats and dogs outside but it was a whole different animal in the Royal Vauxhall Tavern; comedy nights are one tricky beast. Emma Packer, Chris Fitchew and headliner Zoe Lyons took to the stage in the convivial, candle-lit surroundings, to varying success.
RVT PRESENTS S.L.A.G.S/CHILL-OUT EASTER SPECIALS
01/04/13: An assemblage of biblical proportions besieged Vauxhall as the magnificently multi-faceted Jonathan Hellyer, aka RVT institution, the D. E. Experience, brought the curtain down on 14 thrill-packed years entertaining the masses with a sensational swan song of a show.
S.L.A.G.S./CHILL OUT – D.E.E.TOX-RETOX
01/01/13: Despite our fragility after the New Year’s Eve festivities, we were still more than up for a fully-fuelled ‘detox-retox’ party as S.L.A.G.S/Chill-Out romped back for a second holiday helping of sass, sleaze and dazzling dancefloor action on New Year’s Day.
Cliff Joannou chats to the inimitable D.E. Experience about the impending return of Trannie Lennox…
RVT: BEHIND THE MADNESS
Whether you call it the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, or by its trendy abbreviation, RVT, there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s one of the most creative, vibrant and eclectic venues on our fair gay scene. From quirky club nights to cutting edge performances, this joint has it all. We sent Lee Dalloway to go behind the scenes and speak to some of the colourful characters that make the venue pop so beautifully…
HOT AUGUST FRINGE
16/08/2012: Imagine, if you will, the most eclectic, diverse array of cabaret and performance, add a dose of the bizarre and downright ridiculous and pepper with tranny terrorists, and you would be about halfway down the road to the RVT’s summer season, also known as the Hot August Fringe.
06/05/12: Licking her way through the crowd like a horny lizard, spitting lyrics that would burn the devil himself, there is only one Dame that can sell out a Vauxhall venue, week-in, week-out and have them all dancing to her tune like she’s the pied piper of the gays.
BURGER QUEEN: GRAND FINAL
29/03/12: When an invitation comes in from avant-garde cabaret terrorist, Scottee, to judge the final of the second Burger Queen contest alongside UK soul legend Lisa Stansfield, scene goddess Princess Julia, one Jasinta (RVT manager Jason Ried’s drag alter ego) and even Scottee’s mum (!) how could I decline?
16/03/12: Viva le Revolution! It can take a fair bit for this shamefully snobby Norf Londoner to sashay down Sarf of the river, but the RVT always manages to lure me out of my Islington cocoon with its mix of raving trannies, live tuneage, hand-in-the-air club nights and quirky art/cabaret.
S.L.A.G.S./CHILL OUT: ‘PINK NYE BALL’
31/12/11: The RVT have been holding NYE events now for over a decade and every year appears better, bigger and busier than the previous year!