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Top 10 Best Gay Bars & Gay Clubs in London

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London is the gay bar capital of the UK, with many gay boys and lesbian girls 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. Gay 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 London's hottest gay nightclubs.

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The original and some would say the best, this London gay bar is the throbbing heart of Soho's gay scene. Village caters for an eclectic crowd of regulars, tourists and everyone in between with very happy happy hours and nighttime go-go boys dancing on the bar on Fridays and Saturdays. This is still the place to down Jaeger-bombs and get ready to throw your best shapes to candy pop classics.

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Vauxhall & Oval
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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 gay venues. Responsible for launching Lily Savage into the mainstream, this London gay club is where you'll find a host of celebrated and emerging talent on stage at RVT nightly - not forgetting the famed Saturday night shows! 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 gay 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 gay 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 sofas and stylish coffee tables. Come back to earth on the ground floor and hang out in the large outdoor garden.

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West End

This award-winning gay bar is situated centrally just a few steps from Leicester Square. The modern design is complemented by their famous sexy artwork and also flat screen TVs which show the latest music videos, major sporting occasions and even the Eurovision Song Contest. The basement club is open till 5am. A stroll upstairs will take you to their sophisticated cocktail bar called the Light Lounge, the perfect spot for a cosy date or a pre clubbing espresso martini.

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The Two Brewers in Clapham is a gay 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.

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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 a tasty brunch in the day time and get your culture fix at one of the regular exhibitions on site.

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G-A-Y bar is the original and some would say the best. This is the bar where many enjoyed their first time in a gay bar. Located in the heart of Soho's Old Compton Street over two floors, they have unbelievable weekday drinks offers (Sunday-Thursday) and a good looking young (and young at heart!) crowd. When the party finishes at G-A-Y, head to their sister bar G-A-Y Late around the corner at 5 Goslett Yard.

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Bethnal Green
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A gentlemen's strip club in Bethnal Green on weekdays, turned LGBT venue on weekends now attracts the cool, young crowd from far and wide for their club nights. Fridays are hosted by Dollar Baby (Lady Gaga came to their opening night) with DJs like Jodie Harsh playing till 5am. After a nap, it's time for Savage Saturdays which takes the party to all five floors of Metropolis.

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