London is the gay capital of the UK and probably even Europe, with many gay men and lesbian women hanging out, drinking, dining, and dancing in Soho and Vauxhall. From drag queens, to karaoke, to singles nights, to all night gay clubs, London has plenty on offer for the LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender) folk of London town. Hot step your way along Old Compton Street in Soho any night of the week and you'll find sexy guys and gals strutting their stuff with gay abandon. London is for lovers, so get out there and have some fun boys and girls!
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After revolutionising the clubbing scene when it opened in 1979, London's first gay superclub, Heaven, is enjoying a renaissance and bringing its trademark flair back to the West End. Known for the regular G-A-Y club nights and varied live performances, Heaven has welcomed many LGBT icons like Adele, Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Miley Cyrus and One Direction, who have all graced the stage. Open until 5:30am, this thriving late night venue is one of the capital's hottest gay nightclubs.
The Shadow Lounge
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Deemed Soho's best late night venue, this exclusive gay members club welcomes you with fibre-optic ceilings, mirrored walls and a huge dance floor edged with private booths for relaxing. Its revamped interior is clean, luxurious and glamorous, ticking all the boxes for a sophisticated Soho-go-to. With just a small selection of curries to choose from, it's fairly slim pickings when it comes to food, though their lively cocktail menu won't disappoint. Open Monday to Saturday from 9pm until 3am, this place fills up fast, so it's worth putting your name on the guest list or booking a table - or if you want the full ticket, this is one membership card worth having in your wallet.
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The original and some would say the best, Village is the throbbing heart of Soho's gay scene. Established way back in 1991, when the millennium saw it down at heels a bit. Now it's restored it's former freshness. Village caters for an eclectic crowd of regulars, tourists and everyone in between with daytime food and nighttime go-go boys. Come on a Saturday to down Jaeger-bombs and get ready to throw your best shapes to candy pop classics.
Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Vauxhall & Oval / Bar / Club /
As the first building in the UK to be recognised for its importance to LGBT history, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern continues its legacy as one of London's proudest venues. Responsible for launching Lily Savage into the mainstream, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is where you'll find a host of celebrated and emerging talent on stage at RVT nightly - not forgetting Duckie's famed Saturday night show! With music, cabaret, burlesque, bingo and comedy, this iconic gay London venue is so much more than just a pub.
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Explore London's dynamic LGBT scene and join the party at this popular 19th-century bar on Old Compton Street in Soho. With just one room and limited seating available, the Admiral Duncan is known to get cosy after dark. Grab a quick drink or stay for the show and enjoy free live entertainment from the UK's best drag artists. Release your inner diva on karaoke Mondays and dance to retro hits from the jukebox at this vibrant London bar.
The Yard Bar
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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Soho is this urban retreat. The loft bar is situated on the 1st floor with a great viewing balcony offering superb views of their beautiful garden courtyard. The area is designed for a relaxing get-together complete with comfortable leather sofas and stylish coffee tables. They have one of the most comprehensive cocktails list in Soho and it's extremely popular for gay networking events and social meetings.
West End / Bar /
This award-winning gay bar is situated centrally just a few steps from Leicester Square. Queuing for a drink is rarely an issue here as it is spread over 3 floors and with a capacity of 500. The modern design is complemented by their famous sexy artwork and also flat screen TVs which show the latest music videos or major sporting occasions. They have great weekday drinks offers on many premium branded drinks. They have DJs playing the latest tunes 7 nights a week.
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One of the most popular bars with London's gay community is this sophisticated and elegant bar situated centrally on Wardour Street in Soho. It's open late until 03:00 from Monday to Saturday and includes a club downstairs frequently filled with a glamorous and fashionable crowd. It is the ideal venue for after-work drinks, parties, celebrations or if you just feel like letting your hair-down for a dance. They have an extensive list of cocktails perfect for enjoying with friends.
Clapham / Bar /
The Two Brewers in Clapham is a bar and club that hosts giant, glitter-speckled cabaret and drag nights and a music policy that can be accurately described as cheese at it's finest. A rowdy crowd gets warmed up on drop shots for a night's crazy dancing among an unpretentious mix of clientele. The Two Brewers attracts amazing talent for it's regular shows if the Macarena isn't your thing.
Dalston / Bar /
The Dalston Superstore sits slap bang in the middle of Dalston's party strip, beloved by hipsters for achingly-cool nights like Jam (a "night out for lesbians and their gay boyfriends 'playing sleaze to pleaze'"). Come for an all night session of debauchery in the centre of party land: East London. Not limited to just parties, you can also bag tasty brunch in the day time and get your culture fix at one of the regular exhibitions on site.
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