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Posted on February 22, 2017

The Glory

Cabaret confounders and canal-side dwellers The Glory have another packed programme of funtime whatnots for you this week. For a start, all-singing sketch quartet Sex Shells start their mini-residency, playing shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, turning their camp and cutting musical attention to every nook and cranny of the gay scene. Lorraine Bowen stops off with her Casio keyboard in tow later on the Saturday night for another Glory Lates session, while Rudi Douglas finishes off the weekend by playing a few numbers on the ol’ Joanna for his Big Gay Songbook. Lead us into temptation, Glory be thy name.

281 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, E2 8AS


Bloc Bar

Bloc Bar is expecting a little sister called Bloc South to arrive in Vauxhall sometime later this year, so we should do our best to make sure that the elder siblings don’t feel neglected. That’s probably one of the main rules in What To Expect When You’re Expecting, not that ANY OF US are going to need to read that. Anyway, there are plenty of reasons to hop on the Northern Line up to Camden and schlep up to The Bloc. It’s open all week for laid-back drinks and twinks, but at weekends, there are fab nights like scene stalwart Fitladz on the Friday or Home on the Saturday, dedicated to the freshest R&B and Hip-Hop.

18 Kentish Town Road, Camden, NW1 9NX


Ku Bar

Ku is shorthand for Soho sophistication. It’s got all you could ever want; drop-dead gorgeous bar staff, swanky cocktail menu and all yer fave music videos playing on the screens. Probably the new Little Mix one with all the corset and hoody combos. Downstairs in the Klub, things get a little more loose, with the infamous FUCKING GOOD TIME on a Thursday living up to its name, and on Sunday, the filth-merchant Jacqui Swallows leading proceedings for their Kabaret night, with special guests appearing each and every week.

30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA


George & Dragon

There aren’t many gay bars this side of taaawn, but the The George and Dragon is well worth making the excursion for. It brings in a refreshingly mixed crowd, everyone from Greenwich locals to Goldsmith students from up the road. On weekdays, it’s a great spot for relaxed pint and packet of cashews, but at weekends it all goes off, with drag queens and DJs galore. Miss Penny stops off here on the Friday night, while the leathery lovely Tanya Hyde pops in on the Saturday night. What’s more, Fridays and Saturdays are open to 4am, so throw on something tight and dance yourself silly!

2 Blackheath Hill, SE10 8DE



Chic and civilised aren’t words you’d normally associate with Vauxhall. Debauched, yes. Intense, absolutely. Oh-my-god-it’s-Monday-morning-I-only-came-out-for-quiet-drink-on-the-Friday, sure. But not chic and civilised. Well, Counter is the exception. It’s a cute restaurant housed in one of the railway arches, both intrinsically instagrammable and softly salubrious. They’ve just launched their early spring menu, full of grilled meats, fish, salads and all sort of gorgey little things. It would have the perfect place to take your man to for Valentine’s Day, but you thought an M&S Dine In For 2 and re-watching Annie Hall would cut it instead. Hhm.

50 South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP


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