The Glory

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Posted on December 7, 2016

The Glory

As you can well imagine, the crusaders of campery at The Glory are launching themselves at Christmas with all the gusto of a thousand egg-nog lattes. They’ve got a deliciously erratic advent calendar of events on this week and right up until Noël. Early on Friday and Saturday evenings, Jonny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat break into song for their ‘Christmas Night at The Musicals’, with traditional theatrical numbers given a  twist and a fist. Queer music feast, Homo Superior follows after on the Friday, while Drag King collective, Boi Box, keeps the fun going on Saturday. Elsewhere, Baby Lame, The Sex Shells and Lorraine Bowen all have unmissable festive editions of their shows. If you love this time of year for its overblown extravagance and tinsel-strewn tackiness, then there’s nowhere better to celebrate it than at The Glory, where it’s always Christmas!

281 Kingsland Road, E2 8A2

 

Ku Bar

As anyone who’s got a birthday close to Christmas will tell you, the only way to stop it being overshadowed is if you go ALL OUT. And the KU team are doing just that, as they celebrate 21 years of lighting up Gay London. Celebrations kick off this Thursday, with their annual charity auction. They’ve got holidays, tickets, vouchers and much more up for grabs, and all proceeds go towards Diversity Role Models, an LGBT anti-bullying charity. As well as that, they’ve got everyone from their massive DJ family together to play across all their venues on the Saturday in a huge Soho takeover. They’ve also got a new weekly cabaret night hosted by Jacqui Swallows, which starts this Sunday, which will be graced by Charlie Hides and Sum Ting Wong. Come down and raise a glass to 21 years of West-End glamour and good times.

30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA

 

Admiral Duncan

A stalwart of Soho, The Dunky’s a raucous, rough-and-ready drag pub, with a welcoming atmosphere and some of the most caustic, paint-peeling cabaret you’ll find in London on every single night. The possibly glamorous Martha D’Arthur takes over on Tuesday, while be-bearded drag king, LoUis CYfer rules the roost every Wednesday. The insatiably filthy Sandra sets out to shock on Thursdays and Kara Van Park, Baga Chipz and Miss Penny saunter by occasionally to liven up proceedings. With regular karaoke competitions as well, it’s always funky at the Dunky. We can’t believe we actually just wrote that. Apologies.

54 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4UB

 

Comptons of Soho

Big, bruising bloke pub Comptons are going all MARIAH MEGA-MIX this Thursday, with Mzz Kimberley leading their Christmas Extravaganza. She’ll be joined by Eric Robinson on the piano and Tasty Tim’s Takeover will follow the shows.  Aside from this, it’s business as usual, with the best of London’s clubland DJs bringing bolshy beats to shake the wood panels. Miswhite kicks off this Friday, Fat Tony’s on the Saturday, and Alex Eugenio spins on the Monday evening. And here’s something exciting, it’s open on Christmas Day!  So if you find yourself at a loss while you’re steaming Brussels sprouts or whatever it is you do to them, then head down for an early afternoon tipple.

51-53 Old Compton Sreet, W1D 6HN

 

The Old Ship

While it’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey outside (more sailor slang for yer), climb aboard to The Old Ship for refuge. It’s a homely, fuzzy, old-school pub down Limehouse way, where all your mulled wine needs will be met, be sure of it. Their weekends are filled with cabaret and all kinds of going-ons. DJ Matty B entertains you on Friday, while this Saturday, they’re giving you the full Boy George Experience, in which you’ll be chained to a radiator and…actually, it’ll be a couple of Culture Club numbers, but that’s better, surely. Topsie Redfern visits on the Sunday for a few musical numbers.

17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW

 

The Queen Adelaide of Cambridge Heath

Run by the same gang behind former East London fave The George and Dragon, The Queen Adelaide is the hottest new homo hangout in Hackney. Spread out over two floors, upstairs is all booths and ornamental trinkets, whereas downstairs is a mirrored, dance floor labyrinth with a slightly bondage-esque DJ cage to boast of as well. From Thursday through to Sunday, they’ve always got a night on downstairs and that ever-elusive combo of late opening hours and free entry means that it’s always teeming with scene kids. It’s well worth hotfooting up Hackney Road to visit one of the newest faces of London’s gay scene.

483 Hackney Road, E2 9ED

 

The Yard

The Yard is one of only very few who can say that they’ve had a 2016 to remember. After a two-year battle with developers who wanted to build flats (what else?) over their courtyard, The Yard won their appeal against them and it lives to shake another cocktail. Excellent news, we couldn’t imagine it as anything else! The Yard is a true gem of Soho and there aren’t many spaces like it in Central London. For winter, the courtyard has been transformed into a twinkling, fairy-lit garden and is, you’ll be glad to hear, heated, so it’s still as great a place to drink in as it was in the summer. If that’s not your thing, you can always head up to the loft bar and order a Bellini off one of their infamously gawji bar-men. Festive!

57 Rupert Street, W1D 7PL

 

 

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