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Welcome to Gay London

Explore gay London with our comprehensive guide to the best gay bars & clubs, gay saunas, events, cruise clubs, shops, fabulous hotels and more.

About Gay London

London is home to the largest number of active Grindr users on the planet. That makes London – in numerical terms – the gayest city on the planet. There is more action to be had here, so to speak, than anywhere else if you’re LGBT+. You just booked your ticket, didn’t you?

Soho is the main gay district in London. It encompasses a sizeable part of central London between Covent Garden and Mayfair. Soho is packed with shops, fabulous restaurants and many gay bars and gay clubs. It has long been London’s pleasure district. Some of the gay bars in Soho are open during the day, while G-A-Y Late stays open well into the early hours. You can have a gay old time in Soho around the clock.

There’s also a sizeable gay scene in East London and it’s edgier than the gay scene Soho. You’ll see some of the best drag acts discover uber-trendy gay bars, like The Glory. Over in Vauxhall, you’ll find some of London’s most high octane gay club nights. Vauxhall is also home to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London’s oldest gay bar.

London Events

 | Royal Vauxhall Tavern | 02-Apr-2020 Surrender your gender. MZZ KIMBERLEY’S LIFE PRESENTS: TRANS ISSUES Sharing real trans voices and perfor...

 | Two Brewers | 05-Apr-2020 All proceeds will go to a worthy cause. Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night started in January 2015. Come and enjo...

 | The Miller | 07-Apr-2020 until 02-Jun-2020 You better werk – queer comedy in London. Mawaan has just finished touring the UK and Australia wit...

 | Royal Vauxhall Tavern | 08-Apr-2020 Part One of An ‘Original’ Series journeys into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Bringing to life ...

 | Royal Vauxhall Tavern | 09-Apr-2020 Club Night celebrating Female Masculinity, Dykes, Kings, Femmes, Butches, Gals and Allies F.M.A.S. stands...

 | The Yard Theatre | 10-Apr-2020 If you’d told us when we first started KBR that we’d still be doing this is in FIVE YEARZ tim...

 | Miranda at The Ace Hotel London | 10-Apr-2020 Ticket link Saddle up, cowboy.

 | The Book Club | 15-Apr-2020 Comedy night in London. Word of Muff is a comedy variety show, born in May 2017, where stand up, sketch, ...

 | The SSE Arena, Wembley | 15-May-2020 RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq the World Tour has a new 2020 production. Michelle Visage has been hurtled ...

 | Bethnal Green Working Men's Club | 29-May-2020 Your favourite queer indie disco for common people is back! Head to the fabulous surrounds of Bethnal Gre...

 | Brockwell Park | 06-Jun-2020 Mighty Hoopla is the biggest LGBT pop festival in London. It’ll be taking place in Brockwell Park o...

 | Trafalgar Square | 27-Jun-2020 London's biggest annual LGBT event and parade.

 | Haggerston Park | 28-Jun-2020 UK Black Pride 2020 is likely to take place on Sunday 28th June 2020. Last year the party and event was h...

 | Westminster Millennium Pier | 30-Aug-2020 The people who brought you Beefmince bring you Boatmince. Hop on a big ship and mince down the River Tham...

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Gay Parties & Events in London Today

2.30pm Matinee, 7.30pm Evening Show

 | Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Didn't They Do Welly Camp Quiz

 | The Duke of Wellington

Burlesque Night

 | Freedom Bar

Drinks Promotions Every Wednesday!

 | The Kings Arms Soho

Quiz Night

 | Two Brewers

Bearfest - Beers, Bears & Booze

 | The Bridge – Clapham

Hard Cruz

 | The Underground Club

Uncontrollable Urge

 | Dalston Superstore

Sandra - Drag Cabaret

 | Central Station

Popular London Hotels

Excellent value.

The Z Hotel Soho

 | London | 3 star

Excellent value. In the Soho gay village. Popular hotel.

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Excellent gym.

St Giles London – A St Giles Hotel

 | London | 3 star

Excellent gym. Walk to the Soho gay nightlife. Very central.

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Walk to Soho.

Strand Palace Hotel

 | London | 4 star

Walk to Soho. Great facilities. Value for money.

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Excellent value.

The Z Hotel Shoreditch

 | London | 3 star

Excellent value. Near the tube and East Bloc.

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Walk to gay bars.

The Nadler Soho

 | London | 4 star

Walk to gay bars. New hotel. Very convenient.

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LGBT Rights in United Kingdom

Homosexual activityLegal Since 2000
Same-sex marriageLegal Since 2013
LGBT discriminationIllegal Since 2010
Equal age of consentEqual Since 2001

Featured London Venues

Sweatbox Sauna

Popular 24-hour gay gym and sauna in central Soho.


Longest-running, popular gay sauna; open 24 hours.


London's gayest, most popular restaurant on Old Compton Street.

G-A-Y @ Heaven

One of the longest-running gay dance venues anywhere in Europe. Today it's home to G.A.Y weekly...

RVT (Royal Vauxhall Tavern)

London’s oldest gay venue in London and the cornerstone of the Vauxhall gay village.

Tantric Soul Gay Massage London

Tantric Soul, gay massage service located in central London. With a reputation as London’s...

Absolute Male Massage

Male-2-male massage service in central London. Absolute Male offers a range of massage treatments...

Touch Of London

Touch of London is a masseur-run, male-to-male massage agency that aims to bring a touch of class...

CIRCA The Club

New gay nightclub (June 2018) in Central London. The 750-capacity venue occupies the Hungerford...

SHE Soho

Popular lesbian bar in the heart of London’s gay neighbourhood. SHE Soho claims itself as...

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News & Features

The Best Gay Bars In Soho

Soho is the UK’s biggest gaybourhood. It’s right in the heart of London, nestled between Mayfair and Covent Garden. In the centre of Soho you’ll find Soho Square: a great place to sit and have a drink in summer. Soho Square was founded in 1661 to mark the restoration of the monarchy. A statue of […] Read more

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Experience Gay London

Political, economic, cultural and gay capital of the UK with one of the biggest gay scenes in Europe.

Drink – Check out London 2019’s extensive gay bar scene in Soho and beyond.

Dance Party all night at one of London 2019’s amazing gay dance clubs.

Cruise Explore one of the biggest gay cruise bar and sauna scenes in Europe.

Sleep At any one of London’s hotels all welcome gay travellers.

First time in London? Start here.

Don’t Miss

Experience – World-class attractions such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and The Shard.

Explore – Some of the world’s greatest museums, most are free.

Enjoy – A West End musical or play.

Shop – Oxford St., Bond St., Covent Garden, the list is endless.

See – London 2019’s iconic sights including Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.

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