season, which means it’s time to party! Here’s a list of the best LGBTQ bars
the city has to offer in the capital city.
Bar, Gay Bar, Pub Grub
Admiral Duncan bar | Courtesy of Admiral Duncan | Courtesy of Admiral Duncan
In the heart of Soho, this world famous bar has been an LGBTQ hub for decades. In fact, it’s one of the oldest gay bars in London. You’re bound to run into some local character here, especially on Saturday nights, when the place is packed out for their pop music parties.
54 Old Compton St, Soho +44 020 7437 5300
This one’s got a bit of character. There are bath-tub sofas, old fashioned books and a cocktail list so comprehensive you’ll be exhausted just reading it. It won’t break the bank either, with happy hours and drinks offers to keep you enjoying all night long.
23-25 Old Compton St +44 020 7439 0439
The regular DJ sets keep Circa pumping with dance music until the early hours, so bring your dancing shoes and buckets of energy. Once you’re all danced out, there are comfortable sofas to sink into so you can find your new best friends.
62 Frith St, Soho +44 020 7734 6826
Pub, Gay Bar, Nightclub, Pub Grub, $$$
‘The Old Dame’ Of Compton Street is one of the oldest and most popular gay bars in the city. The laid back pub vibe keeps things chilled and makes everyone welcome in an inclusive and friendly atmosphere. It hosts folk from all walks of life and shows live sports regularly.
51-53 Old Compton St, Soho +44 020 7096 5470
This one’s primarily for the ladies, although the chaps are welcome to attend with female friends. It’s a rarity to find a place that’s first and foremost aimed at the lesbian community, and the live comedy, music and DJs make this a popular spot for a crazy weekend.
23a Old Compton St, Soho +44 020 7437 4303
She Soho | Courtesy of She | Courtesy of She
Gay Bar, Pub Grub, European, $$$
It’s a café during the day and a club by night – everyone is welcome. An East London favourite, it’s the place for cocktails, meeting old friends and making a few new ones along the way. The walls are adorned with artworks which if you’re feeling zesty, you can purchase to hang on your own wall.
117 Kingsland High St, +44 020 7254 2273
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Dazzle yourself in the downstairs club with the 200 mirror balls, dance poles and regular live events, or relax upstairs in the laid-back, classy bar serving ice-cold champagne and cocktails. It’s your night, you’re free to enjoy it as you wish.
Freedom Bar | Courtesy of Freedom Bar | Courtesy of Freedom Bar
60-66 Wardour St, Soho +44 020 7734 0071
Head down south to this industrial style venue set in a railway arch in Vauxhall. State of the art lights and lasers, and some of the contry’s top DJs performing regular sets make this place a delight to all the senses. Keep an eye on the calendar for some of the biggest LGBTQ nights in London.
39 Parry St +44 020 3242 0040