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Vault 139

Basement Bar, 139-143 Whitfield St, London, United Kingdom, W1T 5EN | map | get directions |

Vault 139
audience rating: Vault 139, 3.2 out of 5 based on 122 ratings click to vote:
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TOMORROW Underwear - £9 entry, 7pm-1am

Gay cruise bar with varying dress codes (or none), depending on the night of the week (cruise, stripped or underwear).

There’s a cruising session daily – check their website for current theme. Admission includes a free drink, free coat check, WiFi, free re-entry passes and a loyalty card.

metro : Warren St or Goodge St

weekday: 13:00 - 01:00

weekend: 13:00 - 01:00

venue: Cruise / Fetish () | features: bar, music, maze, dark room, free wi-fi, cruise / fetish (酒吧, 音乐, 迷宫, 暗室, 免费无线上网) | customers: gay | attracts: All types

| website | +44 20 7388 5500 | Free WiFi | email this to me | corrections | add an event
last updated: 24-04-2018



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based on 55 reviews
  1. Brutally honest review

    “First time visit yesterday with my partner and a friend. STRIPPED night, 9/7/18. Had heard of the place before and been tempted but not expecting wall-to-wall gorgeous guys or high quality.

    £9 to get in. No queue. Doorman was very matter-of-fact. Not rude but not welcoming either. Would have been nice for a 1st timer to be told how things work, but still...

    ...inside was actually fairly pleasant. Dark and seedy, with dim neon lighting, which is exactly what a cruise bar should be. Changing area to the right with soft seats. Was a little worried because all my belongings were entrusted to a plastic hamper, and my only link to it was a paper raffle ticket, which I had to keep in my shoe. Still not 100% sure that this is the best way to securely manage everything, but it did seem to do the trick.

    Layout was 50-50 between lounge areas and sex areas. Blue colour scheme for lounge, red for sex, but there was a lot of action going on even in the lounge areas. Only place that seemed ‘safe’ or ‘off-limits’ was the area around the bar.

    I wasn’t expecting it to be busy. This was a Monday evening post-pride weekend. Clientele were very varied in my opinion. I don’t know what the problem is with ‘weird old guys’ on some of these reviews. They have as much a right to be there, and some of them know a few tricks that the younger, more conceited visitors might not. A few unwanted gropes from some people, but all said and done, if touching my junk made them happy, then fine. Also, everyone did demonstrate an element of respecting boundaries. If I pushed someone’s hand away politely or vice versa, then that was the issue resolved. - I would say the average age was about 30 to 40, with all different types of guy. 60% bearish guys, the rest split between jocks and thinks, but with a real diversity. All shapes, colours ethnicities (and sizes) represented

    The rest of the staff I encountered were very pleasant. The barman did take time to explain how the payment system worked at the bar, and the cloakroom guy was very helpful and friendly as well. Maybe it’s the way I spoke to them, but overall, I didn’t find them rude. I guess, though, they would get shirty if someone is displaying any sort of attitude.

    Overall, there are a few negative aspects of this venue, but I would advise anyone going, to go with the right attitude. Everyone who I met, whether a guest or staff, were pleasant at worst, and friendly at best, but then again, I guess I wasn’t trying to act like the place was built for me alone, or that I was the only one entitled to have a good time.

    As for the negatives, the venue really could do with better toilet facilities or a shower room. I’d like to know that if I’m going to engage in sexual activity with complete strangers, that they have at least had a wash. The only option for some was to use the sinks to wash in, and this is not great.

    It would also be nice to have the changing area better-lit, and kept a bit separate from the main floor. If you’re getting changed and want to ensure you have your clothes/valuables/ticket secure, it’s better to have more light. Also, it allows a bit of transition between coming off the street to being in a cruise bar.

    There was a lot of risky sex as well. This is not the fault of the venue itself, but the clients.

    After the free drink, the price of drinks was quite high, even for London....

    Overall, I, and the two guys I was with, enjoyed our visit. We got what we all wanted, and had a very busy and action-packed night. I got chatting with a few guys, had some fun with a few other guys, and experienced a bar like the raunchy ones we’d been to in Berlin, as opposed to the more tame ‘genteel and polite’ British gay cruise bars with disappointing dark rooms and introverted clientele. - if those few negatives could be sorted out, I’d visit very regularly.“


     on 10-07-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  2. Świetne miejsce !

    “Super miejsce ! Byłem wiele razy i zawsze mi się podobało. Polecam.“


     on 16-04-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  3. Great place for mischief

    “Friendly staff, room to change, proper cloakroom. There are plenty of comfortable seats near the bar, a variety of darker areas at the back for mischief. The club is well looked after - always clean and kept clean through the day. You can meet almost anyone in there - very varied crowd, usually more friendly than an average London venue. Well worth a visit.

    A limitation is the beer selection isn't too good, but that seems to be a problem with many gay bars and clubs.

    Check website before going as has a mixture of 'clothes on' and 'clothes off' sessions.“

     on 11-04-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

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