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 20th October: Cinebra – A History Of Horror

    Where we do we even start with Cinebra. They’re actually one of our favourite drag acts on the scene right now. It’s clever, it’s jarring, it’s silly and it’s deliciously mean. Lydia L’Scabies and Ro Robertson are Sophie and Megan, two cinema nerds with a love of vintage shopping, inhalers and arthouse horror. It’s hard to describe anymore than that really, and we don’t want to spoil things. Just go, you won’t regret it!

    The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY. Doors 7pm, show 7:30pm. Tickets £12/£8. 

     

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    Friday 20th October: Patsy

    SWEETIEDARLING SWEETIEDARLING SWEETIEDARLING! Ab Fab was amazing wasn’t it. Well, the first few seasons were. And let’s just pretend the movie never happened. But Patsy Stone is one of the most loved comedic characters of our generation, and there’s something about her that resonates with the queer community. Perhaps her endearing obliviousness, or hilariously shocking bitchiness. So it’s no surprise that there’s a night dedicated to her legacy. PATSY is a pop bitch night at Dalston Superstore, with DJ sets from Babybear all the way from Paris, and Sockslove all the way from Milan! From Paris to Milan, in every disco I began! Is that the song? No? Whatevs.

    Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB. 9pm – 3am. Free before 11pm, £6 after. 

     

    Friday 20th October: BRÜT

    You’ll recognise Brüt from the gorgey monochrome nightclub shots we have in here every so often. It’s all about cruisey urban vibes and sexual sensibilities. “Vibes” we promised we’d stop saying that. It’s such a 1997 word. Like, Sarah Michelle Gellar probably says vibes. And Ally McBeal definitely said it a lot. But yeah Brüt’s great. Honestly, some of the men who go there make us weak at the knees. Sensuous stubbled types. Plus, they have some of the scene’s best DJs.

    The Bloc, 65 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP. 10pm – 5am. £5 before 1m, £8 after. £5 after 3am. 

     

    Saturday 21st October: TRIBE

    There’s something inherently fetishy about autumn isn’t there. The nights are darker and it’s still warm enough to swan around a railway arch in a jockstrap. So, we’ve good news, there’s a brand new fetish night rolling into town this Saturday! It takes place in Bloc South, Vauxhall’s newest state-of-the-art cruise club; complete with dark corners, blackout mazes, and plenty of play equipment. There’s a strict dress code, so gear up in leather, rubber, uniform, sportswear and the like. Plus, they’ve got some killer DJs in the shape of Jack Chang, Rob C, and Jon Delano, because it’s always nice to have a bit of background music when you’re blindfolded in a sling. It just is.

    Bloc South, 65 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP, 10pm-5am, £10 OTD 

     

    Saturday 21st October: Lemonade #8 – The HalloPeen Party

    Halloween’s a bit of an awkward one this year, because it falls on a Tuesday, and no-one ever does ANYTHING on Tuesday. What’s great about it though, is it gives us an excuse to celebrate it both the weekend before and the weekend after, which means Halloween can be transformed into a two-week spooktacular! One of the first to witch their way into Halloween are cute East London club kids Pink Lemonade! They’re sweeping into East Bloc for a night of gorge stuff from a gorge lineup of DJs and dancers. Guy Ruben, Paul Heron, Andrew Moore, A Man To Pet, Sophie Brain and Matthew Renaudin. Stick that in your pumpkin and smoke it!

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

     

    Saturday 21st October: A:M

    A:M is the sort of club your mum would disapprove of. E.g. it’s amazing! It’s one of the best-known and most well respected after hours nights in the city. And it certainly IS after hours – it runs from 3am until 10am. That really does BEGGAR BELIEF doesn’t it. A club night that STARTS at 3am! What on earth would your Sunday school teacher say?! Oh well, take your string vest off and dance to a bit of Commander by Kelly Rowland. If in doubt, dance to Kelly Rowland. That’s what we always say.

    Protocol, 6A South Lambeth Place, SW8 1RT. 3am – 10am. £4 before 1am, £8 after with flyer/concession. £15 OTD. 

     

    Saturday 21st October: XXL Bear

    Big burly club brand XXL are going back to their roots this weekend, with a special BEAR edition. Let’s be honest, it’s a bear edition EVERY week at XXL, but this will be even more beary than usual. It’s important we maintain these sort of spaces in London – where gay men can go and feel safe and secure and unapologetic in their gay maleness! They’ve got two huge dancefloors, a gorgeous dark room and super DJs. This week it’s the turn of international spin star Fat Tony. He’s friends with Kate Moss, dontchano!

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

     

    Saturday 21st October: ATHENA

    80s night Athena is fast garnering an iconic status on the gay scene! It’s a big-shoulderpadded bitchslap in the face. It’s fun, it’s kaleidoscopic, it’s colourful, and it’s mad! We love colourful mad things (which is why we love Tete aBang, but that’s another story for another time). Athena touches down at Eagle London every month and is all about 80s pop, disco and Hi-NRG, brought to you by Paul Joseph and Gareth Hackey. Fabulous dahhhling.

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

     

    Sunday 22nd October: Beyond

    To infinity…and Beyond! Or rather, to Vauxhall Station on the Victoria Line…and BEYOND! Beyond, dreamt up and doused into debauched action by professional clubbers Orange Nation, is known for its meticulously curated theme nights, its sinfully delicious dancers, and its euphoric 90s superclub ambience. This is neon-spattered, shirts-off, super duper clubbing, at cavernous South London dance club Fire. Get into it!

    Fire, South Lambeth Road, SW8 1SP. 4am – superlate. £13 concession/flyer before 7am, £16 OTD.


    Bar News

    Propping Up The Bar: Florin Petrisor

    Head Bar Hunk of Flamingo Cocktail Bar

    What you drinking?

    Tap water with ice and lemon. Joking! JD & Coke probably, and my favourite cocktails are Pornstar Martini and Florin’s Flamingo (naughty, sexy, delicate and strong all at the same time).

    Dream man?

    Myself. It’s very hard to find the dream person, so at the moment I’m just dreaming of a long holiday in Bora Bora.

    I couldn’t live without…

    Music and Red Bull. Those two things keep me motivated day by day.

    Karaoke song?

    Either ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor or ‘Human’ by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

    When was the last time you saw an actual flamingo?

    I’ve see it everyday when I look in the mirror!

    Worst thing about London?

    I think everyone will agree: the WEATHER!

    Favourite horror film.

    I love the SAW films, all the episodes.

    What you doing this weekend?

    Making sure on Saturday that Zsa Zsa will have the greatest birthday party! Everyone is invited to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to our beautiful Drag Queen from 10pm at Flamingo! 

     


    Freedom Bar

    Freedom Bar’s a double-decker delight found in the middle of London’s homo-district! Upstairs, it’s all leather-backed booths and stylish lighting, the perfect place to swirl a Bellini around with a gorgey date. But downstairs is a different story completely, a slightly more decadent space decked out with stripper poles and dance floors! They put on all manners of live music, cabaret, and club nights down here; don’t miss the next P*H*A*T Club on Thursday 19th October, the colourful new club-kid venture bursting full of drag queens and disco beats!

    66 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TA 

     

    Sunday 22nd October: Kabaret at Ku Bar

    Nestled in amongst the MSG-laced cornucopia of Chinatown is Ku Bar, a glamorous gay bar that’s been serving cold drinks and hot looks for nearly 22 years! As well as bangin’ DJs and Bel Ami bar staff, they dip their toes into the drag pool with their Sunday night Kabaret. It’s hosted by probably-not-ornithologically-named Jacqui Swallows, who’s joined by a regular raft of special guests for a sing and a snog!

    30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA 

     

    Saturday 21st October: Sandra at George & Dragon

    We love Greenwich! In fact, we’d go as far as saying it’s the most autumnal area of London. There’s something very cosy about the leafy park, the gusts off wind rushing off the rivers, and the misty cobbled streets. #VisitGreenwich. And while you’re there, you can visit the George & Dragon, which isn’t very autumnal. It’s an unpretentious cabaret and club joint, with sparkling walls and mid-noughties drink prices. Sandra pops her head in on Saturday for a typically smut-smothered show!

    2 Blackheath Hill, SE10 8DE 

     

    Sunday 22nd October: Drag With No Name at The Old Ship

    You can’t swing a tote bag in East London without hitting a drag queen in the made-up mug. The Old Ship’s one such joint and is loaded up with cabaret cargo every weekend. This Sunday, for instance, the ingeniously or lazily named Drag With No Name saunters in for some camp malarkeys, which we think is as good an end to the weekend as you’re gonna find.

    17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW 

     

    The Bridge Bar

    If you’re a bridge enthusiast and are looking for a dedicated bar to play it in, The Bridge Bar in Clapham isn’t the one for you sadly. It’s more of a suave wine bar affair, you know. You’ll struggle to hear over the house DJs spinning on a weekend, or the pub quiz they run every Tuesday, or the general ambience of joyous gays. And you’re just going to get in the way of people’s cocktails, so just leave the playing cards at home, or go to one of those board game cafes.

    8 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DH

     

     

     

     

     


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