What’s Hot This Week In Gay London

    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!


    Club News

    Friday 18th August: Beefmince

    ANOTHER meat-orientated night. Only in London would there be two gay nights, happening at two iconic venues, at the same time, named after animal-based products. Oh London. Your fave could never. Beefmince is a BIG BEEFY club with a monthly residency at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is endorsed by Emily Thornberry, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana and Danni Minogue. All icons, and experts in their fields. Beefmince specializes in big chunky beats and big chunky men! And it’s open until FOUR IN THE MORNING, which is quite rare for a Friday night these days. Also, ‘Four In The Morning’ is a Gwen Stefani song #TheMoreYouKnow #BuyLAMBOnItunes. Beefmince will, as always have its resident DJs Silverhook and Cactushead, with host Dan Prance.

    The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY. 10pm – 4am. £5 adv tickets, £5 before 11pm OTD, £7 after. 

     

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    Friday 18th August: Meat

    We all love a bitta meat don’t we! Apart from those of us who are vegan. Which seemingly is EVERYONE these days. But we all love the OTHER kind of meat don’t we. Man meat! “Man meat” urgh horrid. Such an easy joke too, but had to be done. Supercool zine meat is coming to The Glory! You’ll all have heard of meat by now. They do gorgeous pictures of hairy, wonderful men with “unconventional” bodies. E.g. they don’t look like they’ve just stepped out of a Bel Ami movie. Lolz. The Meat nights are always a right laugh, really lovely and non-judgy and fun disco vibes. This time as well they’ve got one of our absolute faves (and QX covergirl!) The Nightbus, strutting her stuff!

    The Glory, 281 Kingsland Road, E2 8AS. 10pm – 3am (doors from 5pm). 

     

    Friday 18th August: O-U-T

    We love seeing new gay nights do well, and O-U-T is one of those nights. Now in its fourth week, it’s been packed every time, AND they’ve booked some of the music industry’s coolest new acts, like K. Stewart (whose song ‘Sex For Breakfast’ we’re now obsessed with). It’s got a great mix of components – a happy, relaxed crowd; a cool music sensibility; mad drag queens; hot boys; and a dark room! Sex, music, fun. All the best things! In fact, that’s what we’re all about here at QX. Lovely. This week they’ve got super hot upcoming star, Dan Crossley! He’s gorge!

    Protocol, Lightbox Entrance, 6A South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP. 11pm – 3am. 

     

    Saturday 19th August: ATHENA

    Athena is a big gorgeous bitchslap of sun-soaked eighties gorgeousness that descends on Eagle London once a month! Think Joan Collins chucking a full mojito in her pet chihuaha’s face. Think Diane Lane sobbing into a bowl of sugared almonds. Think Kim Basinger getting steadily wasted on a slowly deflating lilo. This is the vibe of ATHENA! Divas and distress! There’ll be italo and hi-NRG hits on the soundsystem too, as well as beach ball giveaways, a poster girls swimwear spectacular, special drinks offers and poolside hunks!

    Eagle London, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY. 9pm – 4am. 

     

    Saturday 19th August: Pink Lemonade #6 – Let’s Have A Kiki!

    Lock the doors, TIGHT! Oh em gee, superduper bubble pop electric night Pink Lemonade is BACK at East Bloc, and this time it’s a doozie. They’ve only gone and got Ana Ma-BLOOMIN-Tronic from the Scissor Sisters! (That’s Ana Matronic, we just wanted to put a BLOOMIN in there). She’s fresh from stateside to bring you bangin’ tracks. We just spoke to her on the phone and she said her tunes will get you “deep in the hips”. Gosh! Yes, we spoke to her in a QX EXCLUSIVE, which you can find on our website. Pink Lemonade is absolutely ace, it’s our fave new night in London actually! A QX endorsement! As well as Ana, there’ll be extra DJ action from Tafkanik and Dom Top, with hot hosting from Scott Humphreys, Georgie Bee and Tyler Darke! Get INTO IT.

    East Bloc, 217 City Road, EC1V 1JN. 11pm – 6am. Adv tickets £8, general admission £10. 

     

    Saturday 19th August: A:M

    Give us an A! A! Give us an M! M! It’s A:M, one of London’s most heinously hedonistic after-hours parties. It lasts for HOURS! Stick that in yer pipe and smoke it, Theresa May! Trying to sanitise our city? Well, when nights like this exist, you’re FAILING. It’s the perfect antidote to a hard working week, with two major dancefloors, thrumming disco, dance and techno beats, and loads of hot boys with their shirts off. Can’t ask for better than that can you!

    Protocol, 6A South Lambeth Place, SW8 1RT. 3am – super late. £4 before 1am, £8 after with flyer/concession. £15 OTD. 

     

    Saturday 19th August: XXL Leather

    You all know XXL! If you don’t, you’re not cool enough to be reading this magazine. Put us down NOW please, and pick up an issue of Shortlist and read about Gilette’s latest range of gender-normative shaving foam. XXL is a paradise, a paragon! It’s one of THE biggest and THE best weekly gay nights in the city, and provides an unparalleled clubbing experince. Great vibes, cavernous, brick-hewn dancefloors, and hundreds of hot hairy men. This week, it’s a leather edition, where lascivious leather is encouraged. We love a bit of leather, very Tom Of Finland. Very Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas. So put on a hot leather harness and dance the night away!

    1 Invicta Plaza, SE1 9UF. 10pm – 7am. £15 guests, £10 members. 

     

    Saturday 19th August: Pump

    PUMP PUMP PUMP! UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ! It’s Pump at Superstore! High-octane and high by the beach, Pump is one of their hottest, most hedonistic, most colour-spattered nights! In a hotly-contested field! ALL their nights are kaleidoscopic visual and sonorous rollercoasters, but this one is ESPECIALLY so. It’s like if the female vocalist from Oh My Gosh by Basement Jaxx was personified as a club night. Fun and bolschy! They’ve gone all out with their DJ selection too, as always – downstairs in the sexily sweaty dance basement, it’s Swedish dance royalty Blende, with disco, house and techno. They’ve also got the Sonic Yootha DJs with their trademark eccentric beats. Then upstairs it’s residents Neil Prince and Johnny Kalifornia with their usual jumpin’, pumpin’ (not not PUMPKIN) fare.

    Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB. 9pm – 3am. Free before 10pm, £6 after. 

     


    Bar News

    Village

    Go to any city in the world and you’ll find a Village; a feel-good, unpretentious late night party bar packed full of gorgey boys!  Well, our Village is right in the heart of Soho and it’s just had a glitzy facelift and looks 10 years younger. Honestly, sweetie, it’s taken years off. At the weekends, you’ll still find impossibly hot Gogo boys prancing on top of the bar and resident DJs pumping out sounds down in the club. Plus, cocktails are half price from 5-9pm, so take your work pals there one evening. Why not take that dishy Paul from accounts? We’ve seen him clocking you at the photocopier.

    81 Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 6QD 

     

    Circa

    If youa’re looking somewhere to dance in Soho, you can’t go far wrong with Circa. As well as the campest, most sparkling DJ booth in town, they’ve got a stellar roster of DJs who spin throughout the week, from Attack Attack Attack and Louis Chatten making fresh electronica on Wednesdays, to hands-in-the-air commercial house from Adam Turner on Saturday nights. Get to werk at Circa!

    62 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 3JN 

     

    Old Ship

    The Old Ship is a homely boozer moored up in Limehouse with no time for your deconstructed negronis or elaborately ambiguous toilet signs. Instead, they specialise in cheap drinks and drag queens, which is something we fervently support here at QX. In fact, if there were no cheap drinks or drag queens, we’d be out of a job. Let that play on your mind next time you fancy a quiet night in watching American Gods. Anyway, scene stalwart Dave Lynn sings on the Saturday and Martha D’Arthur does the rounds on Sunday. Pop down!

    17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW 

     

    Halfway 2 Heaven

    WOOOH we’re halfway there…WOOOOOHHHH by Trafalgar Square! We wrote that joke about a month ago, but we know you repost your funniest tweets for likes, so why can’t we? We’re all millennials here. Unless you’re not, in which case, a tweet is a post on the social media platform Twitter. We’re digressing hugely here. Halfway 2 Heaven is a fabulous cabaret pub, bang in the middle of London, with a great offering of queens, karaoke, and game shows all week long. CK Sunday, with Crystal D’Canter and Kelly Mild, is semi-legendary to those in the know, with a mad mix of lip-syncs and games starting at 3.30pm every Sunday!

    7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF 

     

    Ku Bar

    Gays are pretty simple people at heart. We can swan around with Alan Hollinghurst novels and Rufus Wainwright records all we want, but when it actually comes down to it, we’re pretty thrilled with topless barmen, a gin and tonic, and a Britney video on the big screen! Ku has all of the above by the bucketload, and MORE. If you head there on a Sunday, you’ll catch Kabaret with Jacqui Swallows, an evening of smut and special guests, all finished off with a DJ slot from the inimitable Lady Lloyd!

    30 Lisle Street, Soho, WC2H 7BA

     

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