London’s Best Gay Bars
London is known as one of the world’s premier cities and despite it being one of the most expensive, it is a must for every avid traveller. It’s packed with world-class attractions, incredible bars and restaurants and wide array of people that make-up one of the world’s most diverse populations.
London’s gay district is historically centred around Soho. However, in recent years, large gay communities have developed in a number of areas across the capital. Wonderful gay venues can now be found in Clapham, Vauxhall, Brixton and Dalston. Soho still reigns king as the primary party spot but the different scenes across the city cater for all tastes no matter what your persuasion, fetish or interests.
London Gay Bars
If you’re after a traditional drinking hole then you’ll be well serviced by the many gay pubs in Soho. The Admiral Duncan and Compton’s are two well-established venues both with a varied clientele – perfect for a post-work pint or a pre-bar refreshment. The Kings Arms is also a proper pub which attracts an older clientele seeking an old-school drinking experience.
If you’re looking for something with a little more atmosphere then head to either Yard or Ku Bar. Ku Bar now has two locations, the original located near China Town is the busier of the two, though the second offering situated in Soho can hardly be considered a quiet affair. The Yard is a lounge-bar with a friendly atmosphere an upstairs balcony area which is popular with smokers. It gets very busy in the summer when people flock to this fun venue with groups of friends to soak up the sunshine. If you’re really on a budget G-A-Y serves drinks starting from a couple of pounds.
Traditionally, Vauxhall attracted an older, bear-type crowd. While this is still the case to some extent it is also frequented by people of all ages who are up for a seriously good time away from the razmataz of Soho. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is a stalwart of the local area and still manages to be an edgy, must-visit venue. This small club and cabaret bar gets very crowded at the weekend, especially on a Sunday when the gay community flocks to see the incredible afternoon cabaret.
The Eagle Vauxhall is another pub and party venue in Vauxhall. It’s bigger than then RVT and while it doesn’t have the history or quite the same hedonistic vibe, it’s still a great place to spend an evening. The Vauxhall Griffin is a more recent addition to the Vauxhall scene – it’s a smart real ale venue that’s perfect for an afternoon or evening with friends.
The premier gay venue in East London is Dalston Superstore. They serve decent food in the day and also have a daily happy hour. It’s a little hipster for some and gets very crowded on the weekends. Down the road from Superstore is The Glory. This authentic pub is your classic local drinking hole for the gay community. Great drinks, great atmosphere and reasonable prices (for London at least).