Gay Nightlife in London

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Gay Nightlife in London

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London gay scene is more diverse and striking than anywhere in the world. And Soho is probably one of the best places on the globe for an eccentric and unpretentious night out.  However, gay nightlife scene is also growing tremendously in Vauxhall and Clapham that’s equally hard to ignore.

From karaoke and cabaret shows to funky DJ nights, these party hotspots have become the favourite haunts among LGTB community in London. Here’s a comprehensive list of gay bars and clubs in London that visitors often fall in love with.

Ku Bar, Leicester Square
Just off Leicester Square, this three-floor venue is ready to pour fun on you. Comedy, film nights, live performances, and hip DJs get the party going till the sun shows up. As if the sheer variety of club nights was not enough to impress, the incredible drink deals at Ku Bar will surely make you day.

Gary Henshaw took over this mediocre venue formerly known as West Central in 2007 and turned it into a funky bar. Seeing the popularity of the original one, in 2009, the owner Henshaw opened a sister branch on Frith Street in Soho.

Address: 30 Lisle St, WC2H 7BA
Nearest Station: Leicester Square tube station
Minimum Age: Over 18 (Average age 21 - 35)

Freedom, Soho
The Freedom is one of a wave of gay clubs and bars that led to the conception to Soho gay village. This gay bar cum theatre space really became the heartbeat of Soho within a few days it was opened by a then relatively unknown designer named Roland Mouret.

Downstairs was a theatre where you could indulge in culture with performances by New York legends like Raven O., Lady Bunny, and Joey Arias. Head upstairs to savour luscious cocktails and cappuccinos. Nowadays the downstairs space is utilised for everything from cabaret to salsa evenings and club nights.

Address: 60-66 Wardour St, London, W1F 0TA
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus tube station
Minimum age: Over 21 (Average age 23 - 30)

Escape, West End
Highly popular gay club in London, Escape regularly hosts big and fun gay nights to keep the crowd rocking on the dance floor. Queerly Out hosts gay nights every Tuesday and Thursday here with ultra-low drink prices and entrance fee.

Several shots here are 99p to £1.40. Some good happy hours for bargain drinkers out here! DJs here play past midnight, playing everything from dance and pop to RnB and chart hits. Without a doubt, it’s a good bet for a London gay club. Happily Affordable!

Address: 10a Brewer St, London, W1F 0SE
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus tube station
Minimum Age: Over 18 (Average age 18 - 30)

The Bridge Bar, Clapham
Eccentrically decorated and quirkily located underneath a bridge, The Bridge Bar is a high-style low-price gay bar in Clapham. Chic yet unpretentious and relaxed vibe makes it a favourite amongst young professionals and partiers alike.

But don’t be fooled by the calm evenings as the club hosts regular DJ nights to keep the guests boogying into the wee hours! If you’re looking to plan a huge party with an intimate feel, allow The Bridge Bar to host it. You won’t regret it for sure.
Address: Voltaire Rd, SW4 6DH
Nearest Station: Clapham North tube station
Minimum Age: Over 18 (Average age 25 - 35)

G-A-Y Bar, Bloomsbury
This luxurious gay hotspot has everything you’d expect: a young throng, plenty of Kylie and cheap drink offers. Although separated over three massive floors, yet the place remains busy always. So you can guess how popular it is.

Some love it and some hate it. If you are a sort of person who likes pink whistles and cowboy hats whilst partying with girl pals, G-A-Y Bar is definitely the place to be. And if the door closes early, don’t worry. Another one opens at G-A-Y Late. A den for late night partiers, it is housed in a lush lounge bar at 5 Goslett Yard.

Address: 30 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UR
Nearest Station: Leicester Square tube station
Minimum Age: Over 18 (Average age 18 - 30)

If you’re thinking to plan a gaycation in London, don’t think twice. London is definitely one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world with best gay hotels, bars, events, and of course, bars and clubs.

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