Gay Bars London October 2023 Maps Reviews Clubs

Gay Bars London October 2023 Maps Reviews Clubs

Gay bars London 2023 guide showing extensive details for every London gay bar and London gay club. Click on the LGBTQ+ venue name for more info. Buy tickets for LGBTQ+ drag shows and gay parties in advance.  Scroll down to see the individual London gay bars or click through to the daily gay bar drag show, cabaret, parties and other listings.

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London LGBT+ bars that support Stonewall Housing by stocking Polari Pale Ale and Rainbow Pilsner.

Get to know the London LGBTQ and other venues supporting Stonewall Housing by stocking Polari Pale Ale and Rainbow Pilsner. Both of these beers, brewed by Portobello Brewery in West London, carry a 10p donation to the charity for every pint sold, and have raised well over £20,000 for their efforts to support LGBTQI+ people dealing with housing insecurity to date. Not all of the venues on this map are gay or LGBTQ bars, but those that aren’t are clearly demonstrating their allyship by supporting this project, which we applaud. To find out more about this initiative please read the QX feature


Best LGBTQ+ Gay Bars in Central London, Soho and West End

Friendly Society, gay bar.

79 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D 6QB, United Kingdom. 

A discreet door hides a wonderful kitsch and kooky sub-surface bar where Barbarella meets Barbie. Friendly, fun and quirky.

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West End Gay Bar: Friendly Society

Comptons of Soho, gay bar.

52 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 6HJ, United Kingdom. 

Comptons of Soho is slap bang in the middle of Old Compton Street and at the epicentre of the West End gay scene. It has a cruisy downstairs, plus a loungeier, grandiosely furnished upstairs. For the butcher fellas.

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Comptons Of Soho London Gay Bar


Duke of Wellington Soho, gay bar.

77 Wardour Street, London W1V 3TH, United Kingdom. 

This London gay bar is over three floors frequented by buff blokes. Attitude free and great for people watching if you can get a seat by the window. Standing room outside in the street is great for summer days. This venue stocks Polari Beer and Rainbow Pilsner in support of Stonewall Housing #40Kfor40 campaign

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Outside the Duke of Wellington 



Best LGBTQ+ Gay Clubs London October 2023

Rupert Street Bar Soho, gay bar.

50 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DR, United Kingdom. 

A fashionable bar with a diverse mix of people in the heart of Soho. A bright space with views on to the street for people watching. A nice snug in the back. Easy booking on Rupert Street Bar website but you’re free just to turn up. This venue stocks Polari Beer and Rainbow Pilsner in support of Stonewall Housing #40Kfor40 campaign

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LGBT bar guide London : Rupert Street


Village Soho, gay bar.

81 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D 6QD, United Kingdom. 

Late license Soho bar. It sits neatly at the head of Queer Street so you can’t miss it.With a long bar downstairs playing pop, chart and commercial dance. At weekends sexy go-go boys dance, half naked, on the bar. There’s a basement club with funky deep house and tech. Cafe bar with seating, booths and relaxed vibes.  Upstairs new cocktail lounge with chandeliers, luxurious booths and views over Queer Street.  Check our nightly listings. This venue stocks Polari Beer and Rainbow Pilsner in support of Stonewall Housing #40Kfor40 campaign

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Village Bar Soho, gay London guide


King’s Arms soho, gay bear bar.

23 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F 8QJ, United Kingdom.

The King’s Arms of Soho is the place to go if you’re looking for bears. They’ve got cosy surroundings and real ales in this traditional Soho pub. It´s perfect for snuggling up to a hairy hunk and having a good chinwag before heading home to hibernate. The Kings Arms also have music supplied by live resident DJs and you can roar along to the weekly karaoke sessions, all while supping on your favourite pale ale or stout! This venue stocks Polari Beer and Rainbow Pilsner in support of Stonewall Housing #40Kfor40 campaign


Circa Bar Soho, gay DJ bar.

62 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 3JN, United Kingdom. 

A stylish young professional set frequent this trendy gay bar in London´s fashionable Soho. Great music. Very attractive bar staff. Well designed venue with a recently extended outside terrace. Cocktail happy hour! See daily listings.

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Circa Bar Soho


Admiral Duncan, gay drag bar. 

54 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4UD, United Kingdom. 

The Admiral Duncan in Soho is one of the best-known and longest-running gay pubs on Old Compton Street and is nothing short of legendary. It´s slap bang in the middle of Queer Street. The Admiral Duncan bar has a friendly, eclectic clientele for uncomplicated drinkin’ and entertainment most nights of the week, offering camp cabaret, drag, and cheesy pop classics for you to sup your shandy and shake a tailfeather to. Many of London’s finest drag artists have trodden the boards in this venue. It´s a great place to venture in on your own and make friends. This venue stocks Polari Beer and Rainbow Pilsner in support of Stonewall Housing #40Kfor40 campaign


Halfway To Heaven, gay drag bar.

7 Duncannon Street, Soho, London WC2N 4JF, United Kingdom. 

Halfway To Heaven is a vibrant gay pub, ready to thrust into your heart and spurt drag madness all over it. Halfway is home to some of the scene’s longest-serving drag acts and an institution. The venue is over two floors and both provide the punters with a healthy dose of insanity every day of the week. The drag acts are in the basement! At Halfway To Heaven the walls are caked in glitter and the microphones are caked in lipstick. This venue stocks Polari Beer and Rainbow Pilsner in support of Stonewall Housing #40Kfor40 campaign.


Retro Bar, gay bar.

2 George Court, London WC2N 6HH, United Kingdom. 

Nestled just off the Strand, it’s a bit of a hidden gem, one of those places you wouldn’t know about unless someone “in the know” told you about it. Well guess what? We, QX, are IN THE KNOW about pretty much everything, so listen up. Retro Bar is an odd, quirky delight of a venue, with an eclectic clientele and even more eclectic decor. It’s a great little hideaway after a day out in central London too, especially if you don’t fancy schlepping down the cattle-market that can be Old Compton Street. Give it a go. This venue stocks Polari Beer and Rainbow Pilsner in support of Stonewall Housing #40Kfor40 campaign.


G-A-Y Bar Soho.

30 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4UR, United Kingdom. 

Soho’s palace of pop boasts three floors of purple-walled, pop tuneage beamed from loads of plasma screens. There are scores of pretty young party things and endless cheap drinks promotions, as a result you’re assured a fab night out. 

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G-A-Y Bar Soho reopen day


Vault 139, Gay Cruise Bar and Club.

139-143 Whitfield Street, London W1T 5EW, United Kingdom. 

Situated a little to the north of Soho, Vault 139 is tucked away just around the corner of Warren Street station. It´s is a salacious slice of naughtiness. This discreet basement club is one of London’s worst-kept secrets. Vault 139 serves up that hot action that both locals and tourists just can’t resist.There’s no knowing who you’ll find cruising these grounds because of its countless mysterious dark corners. It´s a subterranean clandestine hub for the horny. Vault welcome a wide range of attractive men through their doors including hunks to chunks and bears to boys. Whatever your type is you’re sure to find him roaming these dark corridors. Try surveying one of the venue’s backrooms. They’re open throughout the week from 1 pm until 1 am every day with plenty of opportunities to get your daily dose of debauchery.

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Interior of London’s longest-running cruise bar.



Ku Bar, gay bar.

30 Lisle Street, Soho, London W1D 5JL, United Kingdom. 

One of the swankier gay bars in London. The owner just can’t resist hitting that interior design button. It’s also one of the largest, with a swish upstairs lounge bar and one of the nicer outside terraces (no traffic).  Great cocktails and more topless sexy bar staff than you can shake your stick at.

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Ku Klub soho, gay club.

30 Lisle Street, Soho, London WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom. 

Klub has recently been refurbished so well that it can claim to be the classiest queer club in town. Situated in the basement of ku Bar, Klub attracts a fun loving and well turned out crowd. It’s an intimate and popular venue, with entertainment during the week and dancing on Friday and Saturday, and open from 11 pm to 3 am every night of the week.


G-A-Y Late Soho, gay club.

5 Goslett Yard, Soho, London WC2H 0EA, United Kingdom. 

It’s where the pretty young party things go for a late night drink after G-A-Y bar, for more of the same, because it’s just round the corner. Cheap booze, and even more cheap booze. As the name suggests, it’s open late.  No booking required.


G-A-Y Heaven Charring Cross, gay club.

9 The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NG, United Kingdom.

One of the biggest and most famous London gay clubs. It opened spectacularly on ´Freedom Day´, with the whole world watching. Always get the discount band from G-A-Y bar first! Check listings. Charring Cross tube

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Heaven nightclub


Circa Embankment, gay club.

Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6PA, United Kingdom.

A large subterranean space, with Chesterfield sofas, food, cocktails. Embankment tube. Club nights on Friday and Saturday. Check listings. 

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The Cock Tavern, gay bar.

340 Kennington Road, London SE11 4LD, United Kingdom. 

A beautiful and stylish Georgian era pub with a modern twist. Stunning cocktails and a fun, though slightly older, crowd. Very mixed and inclusive, this pansexual crowd knows how to have good time, and the cocktails really are to die for: From Rhubarb Gin Spritz to Smoked Cherry Negroni, their list of over a dozen includes Cosmopolitans, Margaritas, and Classic, Dirty or Expresso Martinis, as well as their very Flat White Espresso Martini.


The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, drag cabaret bar. 

372 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, London SE11 5HY, United Kingdom.

The RVT is an iconic venue that the LGBTQ+ community has worked hard to save from development. Having raised tens of thousands of pounds through crowd funding, it says volumes about the importance of this venue to queer Londoners. There’s a nice outside terrace and on many nights of the week there are ticketed cabaret shows – Click on venue link RVT to see what’s on. Many of the shows are popular, so it’s best to book in advance at RVT. Vauxhall tube

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RVT Big Quiz


The Eagle, gay bar and club.

349 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5QY, United Kingdom.

The Eagle has gone through some drastic changes over the last couple of years, constantly adapting to a fast moving environment. It is now one of Vauxhall’s leading gay club/bar spaces hosting a variety of club nights. Look out for the FREE club nights by going to The Eagle. Vauxhall tube.

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Two Brewers, gay drag bar and cabaret club.

114 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London SW4 7UJ, United Kingdom. 

Winner of the Great British Pubs Award for best LGBTQ+ Pub this is a great stop off when you’re on a manhunt. Very popular blokes bar and now sporting an outside terrace. There’s no need to book and always loads on. It’s a big bar with club space so check out our listings. Clapham tube

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Two Brewers : A Saturday Night Party


John The Unicorn, mixed LGBTQ+ bar.

157-159 Rye Lane, London SE15 4TL, United Kingdom.

A former decorator’s shop on the high street and just a stone’s throw from the railway station, they are a bar specialising in craft beer, cocktails, street food and good times! What’s On Tonight At John The Unicorn? This venue stocks Polari Beer and Rainbow Pilsner in support of Stonewall Housing #40Kfor40 campaign

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The Bridge Bar, gay bar.

8 Voltaire Road, Clapham, London SW4 6DH, United Kingdom.

A great wine bar in Clapham. Nice terrace. Lots of class. Tubes:Clapham High Street / Clapham North

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Bridge Bar


George And Dragon, gay drag bar.

Blackheath Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8DE, United Kingdom.

Community-favoured drinking hole nestled near historic Greenwich and perfect for a post-work pint. Noted for its fabulous cabaret nights at weekends which are hosted by The Duch. The George & Dragon is a quaint traditional British gay pub that serves some traditional gay drag. Offering a game of pool and you can be sure of a friendly welcome. Elverson Road tube

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George And Dragon Gay Bar


The Arch Clapham, gay cocktail bar.

Arch 642, Voltaire Road, London SW4 6DH, United Kingdom.

Clapham’s premier gay cocktail bar. Occasional and varied nights of entertainment with the occasional club style party, including Saturday DJs and Sunday drag. Sometimes parties on their gorgeous terrace. Small bites available. 


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best gay bars London Zodiac Bar, cabaret bar and club.

119 Hampstead Road, London NW1 3EE, United Kingdom.

Recently opened, Zodiac bar has launched numerous nights that cater for all sections of our community. Already North London’s most popular LGBTQ+ venue with a great atmosphere and an up for it crowd. There’s fun to be had across two floors. Upstairs in the bar they stage cabaret shows and karaoke several nights with free entry. Downstairs is the Z Club. Check out Z club free entry on a Friday and Saturday night for an inflation busting night out. 


Central Station, local gay bar.

37 Wharfdale Road, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom. 

A stones throw from Kings Cross, this gay London bar offers a pool table and a charming outdoor terrace. There are also some excellent drinks promotions. They do good food and you can download the menu from their website. Just click on the Central Station link. Kings Cross tube

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Central Station Terrace


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Village512, gay bar.

512 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE, United Kingdom.

One of the latest bars to join QX’s list of LGBTQ+ community safe spaces in London. Conveniently placed on a main artery East of the city, at 512 Kingsland Road from whence the venue gets its name, Village512 is at the very heart of East London’s queer community. It’s neon-lit interior acts as a warm artistic backdrop for when friends and lovers meet. The lively interior also provides an ideal setting in which to celebrate our joy of queer life!

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The Queen Adelaide, gay bar.

483 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9ED, United Kingdom.

The debauched little sister of the now closed George & Dragon. Friendly bar staff, a totally rustic atmosphere and even some old George & Dragon relics. Perfect for a chilled post-work pint. Booking: here


The Glory, queer bar and club.

281 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AS, United Kingdom.

A local East End pub and LGBTQ+ performance venue that gets up to all sorts of madness. You’ll find a warm welcome will greet you at this queer space. Ground floor and basement.  The performances are very popular so book in advance by visiting The Glory link. The Glory is run by the queen of East London drag, Jonny Woo and it’s the alternative super-pub you always dreamed of. 

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Dalston Superstore, queer club.

117 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB, United Kingdom.

This queer bar is your big queer paradise. A wonderfully diverse and eclectic LGBTQ+ venue. It has a cafe, gallery and a performance space. You can Book here Shoreditch chic collides with trashy glam in one of the hottest venues of the moment. The polysexual fashionable/arty crowd are a party lovin’ yet laid back bunch, and the venue plays host to a raft of eclectic nights over two floors. With diverse décor, long bar and seating upstairs, plus a club space downstairs that plays host to a raft of big name DJs and cutting edge sounds. There’s more variety here than a box of Quality Street with schizophrenia… on acid!


The Old Ship, gay pub.

17 Barnes Street, Limehouse, London UK E14 7NW, United Kingdom.

A traditional-style pub with an excellent range of beers, real ales and wines, with a big-screen TV, pool room and beer garden for those glorious summer days. Download Apple app for bookings here. Lime House Station tube just 2 minutes away 

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Star Of Bethnal Green, creative LGBTQ+ friendly space.

359 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 6LG, United Kingdom. 

A great venue offering food, drinks, events, gigs and exhibitions for a creative crowd. Their diverse line-up includes a genre-bending roster of music, a karaoke room, quiz nights and plenty more metrosexual delights.

MA1: The Bunker, Cruise Bar.

215-221 City Road, London EC1V 1JN, United Kingdom.

Hosting a variety of sex-positive nights, The Bunker is East London’s sex positive venue. Night’s include Boyz and Sirs, Detention!, Barcode, Disco Disrobed, Underground Army … you get the idea. Most nights are very specialist interest so do make sure you check before you go. 


Best Gay Bars in West London 

West London Queer Project

With innovative events across West London expect events to pop up at any time. Check out WLQP for some of their regular events and especially on a Sunday. They have now started to do walking groups, flower arranging and family focused events. 

West 5, LGBTQ+ Bar and Club.

Popes Lane, South Ealing, West London W5 4NB, United Kingdom.

West 5 is Ealing’s sequinned homo hotspot. Great drink deals, friendly atmosphere, and camptastic tunes. Stages some great cabaret. South Ealing tube

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