Tonk Your Bitch Up!

Tonker has been strutting its muscled bear stuff in The Eagle on Friday nights for many a happy year in gay London town now! We caught up with brains behind the brawn Tim Jones to find out what’s happening over the New Year period and what we can look forward to in the beginning of 2014…

We hear you took over Winter Wonderland? 

It started a couple of years ago: a few mates went along for a few beers and we had a laugh, the following year it got bigger, then last year we ended up with about 50 guys. We just all meet for beer, mulled wine and hot sausages at 7pm in the Bavarian Village bar – an ever popular destination for Christmas revelry, with bratwurst, bars and live bands, have a laugh and maybe go on some rides.

And what festive treats are in store at the Christmas party on the 20th? 


The Christmas party is always a blast – we have a special pre-party from 9pm to 11pm with a mega buffet, glass of bubbly and a few special Tonker Christmas Gifts. We have Santa Claus giving out gifts and also our muscleman Glenn doing the rounds with free shots. Plus a few surprises I can’t mention here! There are a few free VIP tickets from our door hosts – you have to tell them the password which is “Tonker is the best place at Christmas!” before 11pm to get an official VIP pass in person the week before. Or go online and buy a discounted ticket for Tonker from our Facebook page.

What are the Tonker parties near and around NYE? 

Friday 27th December! Join us for the biggest recovery party for Bloke and Bears! With special guest DJ Phil Marriott joining Tim Jones on the decks! It’s always a busy night as everyone gets home from their family duties and wants a blow out! We will have a special Christmas buffet and a few rounds of free shots! Then on the following Friday, the 3rd January, it’s our New Year’s Recovery – we haven’t stopped partying! It’ll be a very special party with guest DJs Done & Dusted who are getting massive in club land and on the radio – (aka Louis Lennon and Alan X) on the decks all night long! We also have a special party package for your Christmas fun night out! Value £50 for only £30. This ticket gives you entrance for 6 people including you, plus choice of a bottle of sparkling Prosseco or six Eagle Cheesecake Shots (to be drunk at The Eagle of course! No takeaways!) See Facebook for details.

And looking back retrospectively, what have been some Tonker highlights of 2013?

Phew, it’s been another big year! We held a Tonker Party in Whistler Ski Resort for Canada’s Winter Gay Pride back in February, had a massive 10th Birthday party in March, in May we played a special Tonker party set in Heaven to launch Summer Rites, June was London Pride with a big night for us and also Summer Rites in Victoria Park. We held a number of very successful Tonker XXX parties which were pretty horny events! All in all a good year!

“We get such a great mix of men there is something for everyone every Friday! Gareth Thomas drops in now and then, plus I have a soft spot for Russell Tovey, whom I chatted to at the bar.”

Who is the sexiest Tonker customer of the year?

This is a hard one, we get such a great mix of men there is something for everyone every Friday! Gareth Thomas drops in now and then, plus I have a soft spot for Russell Tovey, whom I chatted to at the bar.

And finally, what are the big surprises you’ve got lined up for 2014? 

It’s always a challenge to come up with new events year on year! 2014 is our 11th year! So 21st March will be one hell of a birthday party! Mark your diaries now! We have European Gay Ski week that weekend also where we are running the Sunday Bearpit Party. We are closing a deal to tie in with a major USA Bear Brand in London and across the World, and of course watch out for our Pride Celebrations and some very special XXX parties – we may even hold a few bigger Saturday events, but they are top secret!

Tonker is held every Friday at The Eagle (349 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, SE11 5QY), 9pm-3am.