What’s hot this week in gay London, you ask? Well, below we list the best gay club events and hottest gay bars to visit this coming week, in London!
XXL Bear Pride Weekend
Well, this is quite the ursine extravaganza isn’t it! Bears from all quarters descend on the capital for four whole days of beer, beats, beards, and burgers, all in the name of Bear Pride! It kicks off on Friday with two equally extra events, Ruggercub at Clapham’s Two Brewers or Men Inc. at Eagle, where they’ll be holding their Mr Bear Pride competition. Saturday sees the first XXL session, with DJs including Paul Morrell, Moto Blanco, and Fat Tony tearing it up, and Drag Race’s Miss Peppermint, Sherry Vine, and Rotherham’s own Myra Dubois bestowing campery in the cabaret room. XXL Fusion’s open on the Sunday night as well, with big-name Bear DJs flown in from all over the world, as well as pin-up zine meat taking over the second room. There’s also a Bear Pride Horse Meat Disco special at Eagle on Sunday. The weekend finishes over at Eagle, with one of their infamous BBQ’s on the Bank Holiday Monday. So, a whole heap going on and the perfect chance to catch up with bear brothers. Don’t it just make ya proud!
Bear Pride is between Friday 26th and Monday 29th May at various venues across London. For more info see ad or visit bearpride.co.uk
Friday 26th May: WUT? Club Candy Shop
East London club kid collective WUT? Club are going on a major sugar binge this Friday at The Glory! Gorge yourself silly on saccharine sweet LEWKZ and shake your candy with Attack Attack Attack and Gaff E down in the hole. Upstairs, Jacqui Potato, Raven Mandella, and Shay Malt serve syrup-laced goodness, while Kitty-Kats Twinnies and Santi Storm are on hostess duties. We want candy!
Friday 26th May: Hustler
Hustlers keep-a hustling every last Friday of the month at Vauxhall’s club-of-the-moment, Bloc South! They’re exuding a raw 80’s NYC sex appeal, with hot bar dancers to match. Mattias Dabo, Steven Artis, and James Bartlett will be spinning a scintillating mix of tech/ vocal house music and deep & dirty beats to keep the dance floor heaving, plus a very not-unreasonable £2.50 drinks offer until midnight.
Friday 26th May: Men Inc. Mr Bear Pride 2017
This weekend, it’s the biggest dates in any self-respecting bear’s diary; Bear Pride! There’s a whole host of parties and BBQs happening, and on Friday, they’re holding an alterative beauty pageant to find Mr Bear Pride 2017. Roy Inc hosts the night, while Louis Lennon and Tareq will be providing catwalk tunes. The lucky winner will pocket themselves a cool £500. *audience whooos*. If you think there’s a Mr Bear Pride inside you, either figuratively or literally, then email [email protected] to secure your place!
Saturday 27th May: Trough: The Second Coming
After a manically debauched party down in Waterloo Vaults last January, Aussie partystarters Trough drop back into London for another one of their world-famous homosocials; only this time, it’s gonna be bigger, hotter, and filthier than ever before! They’re taking over the iconic Coronet Theatre and filling it with hard-hitting DJs, sexy performers, and ferocious darkrooms. Get your fill at Trough!
Trough: The Second Coming is on Saturday 27th May at Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ, 11pm-6am, £20 adv from trough.london.
Saturday 27th May: meat
Looks like meat’s back on the menu, boys! meat is a cult zine that publishes gritty, authentic photos of London’s men. They’re so edgy that they don’t use any capital letters in their name. QX, on the other hand, only uses capital letters, which probably says all you need to know really. ANYWAY, meat been known to throw a mean monthly party at den of debauchery, Dalston Superstore. This time round, they’ve got club icons Princess Julia and Jeffrey Hinton on the decks upstairs, and disco darlings Nic Fischer and Love Glove starting dance floor fires down in the basement!
Saturday 27th May: BRÜT
After a bruising birthday at Electric Brixton last weekend, BRÜT are back in their dark Vauxhall lair with two more nights of monochromatic decadence! On Saturday, Paul Coals, Wayne G, Louis Lennon, DJ Dreadful, and Ben Jamin will be serving big ol’ beats to a hot crowd of musclebears, hunks, cubs, blokes and everyone in-between, plus it’s open on the Sunday night as well for another BRÜTiful night!
Sunday 28th May: Elevate Extra
It’s that time of year again when parties start spreading out of dark bar interiors and into gardens, roofs, terraces, heaths, car parks, alleys, (*), any space where Londoners can stand out in the sun with a cocktail in hand! The Exhibit over in Balham has a gorgey garden terrace and on Sundays throughout the summer, they’re filling it with deep house DJs and £5 Absolut cocktails. For the Bank holiday weekend, it’s an extended party, with Gonzalo, Matt Bogard, and Cal Moughan on the terrace, and Paul Heron, Massimo Paramour, and Gordon John spinning on the main floor.
Sunday 28th May: Handsome
Those handsome devils over at East London’s favourite subterranean gaydisco have invited over the cult househeads behind Handsome for a Bank Holiday blowout BASH. Dave Kendrick, Wes Baggaley, and Martyn Fitzgerald will be blasting out vintage NYC flavaz for you, and moustachioed maestro Tafanik will be on hosting duties. So, do it. Make like Huw Edwards and be handsome.
Sunday 28th May: Sunday Social with Myra Dubois
Somehow, it’s yet another Bank Holiday weekend. Not that we’re complaining, of course. We need more. In fact, Jeremy Corbyn recently announced he’d give us four more if he got in. Now there’s a man who loves a Sunday sesh. Maybe you’ll spot him down at the Sunday Social at the RVT, who are giving you a full twelve (TWELVE) hours of caustic cabaret (courtesy of the gin-guzzling Myra Dubois) and hands-in-the-air, tops-tucked-in-trousers, Queer-as-Folk commercial dance anthems from Simon Le Vans, Andy Almighty, Liam Chaplin, and Craig Jones.
Sunday 28th May: WE Retro Future
It wouldn’t be a proper Bank Holiday unless Madrid hedonists WE Party didn’t stop off in London and put on a colossal, glitter-cannoned, lycra-clad party crammed full of muscle totty and blockbuster performances that leaves you reeling for days! And, they’re doing just that on Sunday at Electric Brixton with a retro-future theme. Think steam-punk, cyber-renegade, neo-terrorist. Or don’t. We made most of those up. WE Superstar Sebastien Triumph headline and will be joined by Steve Pitron, Lee Harris, & Miswhite for floor-filling house and techno. Plus, the night goes on afterwards over at Fire with Orange, just in case you ain’t quite got your fill.
George & Dragon
A while ago, in like medieval times, a twink called George slayed a dragon. YAAAS KWEEN, SLAY! As a result, there is now a pub, in a place called Greenwich, called The George & Dragon. Greenwich is a fitting location, because it’s a neighbourhood that’s full of witchy medieval vibes. Lots of cobbles and atmospheric lamp posts and things. Or is that Victorian? Oh who cares. Either way, the George & Dragon is great. We like to call it the G&D, because it sounds a bit like G&T, and god knows we ALL love a G&T. We just love a drink actually. Any drink. Which explains why we love the G&D so much, because it’s the perfect place to GET a drink. It’s also the perfect place to take in a big debauched drag show. This Friday 26th it’s Brighton and London legend Dave Lynn, with his trademark acid wit!
Always forerunners in the field of urban chic vibes, one of our faves KU have got an amaze event on this Saturday 27th May, with KU Tattoo! They’ll be celebrating the art of iconic nightlife and collage artist, Trademark. His work has been featured on nightclub walls across the world, acclaimed for their sexy, colourful pop-art style. They’ll be giving away lots of temporary tattoos of his work throughout the night. AND they’re fundraising for Diversity Role Models. It’s all go down at KU! Woo!
Swish swish! Splash splash! Sway sway! Bucking and rocking, it’s the Old Ship, sailing gregariously into your hearts and minds, with drag queens and drinks and all the rest of it! It’s a wonderful rustic place to enjoy a historic pint with a well-thumbed copy of Alan Hollinghurst’s Swimming Pool Library. Or Danni Minogue’s “My Story”, we’re not literary snobs here. Each author’s oeuvre is as valid as the next. Except 50 Shades Of Grey, which is unmitigated shite. Head down to the Ship this Saturday for a MAJOR event on the London cabaret calendar, the final of Drag Idol! YES! After several weeks and heats, the winner of the competition will be crowned!
Comptons Of Soho
Comptons is managed by gorgeous James Bartlett, who’s eyes are like introspectively icy pools of glistening gorgeousness (hey James! lolz). Comptons is our favourite bar on Old Compton Street! Yes, WE SAID IT. It’s got great vibes in there – somehow simultaneously managing to be cosy, friendly and sexy all at the same time. A bit like Chris Pratt. We also love their oak paneling, and their distractingly hot bar staff. So dive in and hunker down! Ooh and don’t miss Thursdays, where scene legend Tasty Tim does a special DJ set!
Halfway 2 Heaven
Tucked behind bustling tourist trap Trafalgar Square, Halfway 2 Heaven is a bit of a London institution. One of the city’s oldest cabaret bars, it is – sadly – one of few remaining in Central London. They’ve got a fun, raucous upstairs bar, where punters sip and susurration and spill out on the street. And they’ve got an even more fun, even more raucous cabaret bar downstairs, with glittering pink walls. How camp! On Wednesdays they’ve got Whatever Wednesdays with Miss Penny! Again, how camp! We love the word “whatever”. It’s very insouciant.
7 Duncannon Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 4JF