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Gay London

Experiencing one of the world's gay capitals

London is home to Europe's largest gay community. Pride London is a major event, there is an important Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and its gay nightlife is one of the world's best. Old Compton Street and its surrounding area in SoHo is London's gay epicenter, with gay bars and shops for every style and need.
If you're not sure exactly where to go, walk around here and you'll soon find a flyer advertising a party night or will hear about what's going on elsewhere. There is a wide range of venues and activities, and the number of choices is always increasing. You can start your days at a gay-friendly café, move on to a bar for drinks, and end up on a different dancefloor for several days and still find plenty of other places worth checking out. To help you make a careful selection, we provide the following list:

First Out
This was the city's first gay and lesbian café-bar. Located in the West End, it's a popular meeting spot as well as a place for an inexpensive snack.

This is a popular gay favorite for a quick meal, and not just because of the variety on the menu. There are several branches, so consult the web site to find the one closer to where you're staying.

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This attractive Soho bar is the place for socializing while enjoying expensive cocktails and finger food, and to party at night with a mostly gay crowd. It also hosts a popular comedy night.

Coco Latté
Gay and straight clubbers like the stylish décor of this club and the house music it plays. It's a sleek and sophisticated space with frequent appearances by guest DJs.

Fire Club
Non-stop weekend parties, muscles, and party boys are what you'll find at this club. If that's exactly what you're looking for during a visit to London, look no further.

This gay/mixed superclub is the biggest and most famous of all, with several different areas and parties. If you only make it to one club while in London, this should be it.

Its parties are legendary and they have included legends such as Kylie Minogue and the Spice Girls. You will not meet one gay guy in London who has not been to one of its special nights at least once in his life. Check the website using the link above to find what's going on while you're in the city.

Ku Bar
Young crowds head to this stylish bar for beer and cocktails. Join them and the friendly staff for a regular or theme night. Check the website for upcoming events.

The owners of the popular Gaydar website have opened this dance club in Soho. It has a massive dance floor and two bars, as well as a seating area for when you want to chill out away from the crowds. Also check out Profile from the same owners, an equally popular and stylish venue.

The Ghetto
Open every day of the week, The Ghetto offers various theme nights. It's sweaty, it's sleazy, and so much fun.

The Shadow Lounge
The dancefloor of this fashionable spot gets packed at weekends. It's a members gay-club that attracts celebrities and often hosts product launches and other events. Call to be placed on the paying guestlist.

Trash Palace
This alternative bar is a cool hangout with live entertainment and theme parties. Consult the web site to see what's coming up next.

Box Bar
Mixing locals and tourists, this long-established West End bar is one of the best places to go in the middle of the week. It's quite popular at night with its theme nights.


Chariots Saunas
London's largest and most popular sauna offers a swimming pool, two steam rooms, a Jacuzzi, and a bar. Oh, and private cabins.


Candy Bar
This lesbian bar is the place to hang out with friends and especially to make new ones. You won't find too many seats available, so chat with drink in hand, or observe the pole dancing in the basement.


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