Here’s some of the best LGBTQ+ Clubs London has to offer.
Sadly, following Monday’s (June 14) announcement, clubs won’t reopen during Pride month on June 21 as previously expected. But, that doesn’t mean we’ll lose any anticipation for the day they finally open their doors for a night of clubbing for the first time since March 2020. Fingers crossed that day is July 19, 2021. In the meantime, refresh your memory of some of London’s greatest LGBTQ+ clubs that are sure to create one hell of a party very soon.
*Most of these venues are currently closed due to Lockdown restrictions. As of today, (June 17), these restrictions are set to remain in place until July 19.
1. Heaven, Charing Cross
One of best-known, most historic gay clubs in London stationed up in its iconic Charing Cross spot. From opening up in 1979 between the arches of CC station to hosting acid house nights in the 1980s and becoming a world-renowned super club that rivalled the likes of New York’s The Saint. Heaven holds over 1,500 people each night, and hosts both live gigs and club nights, boasting past performers such as A-ha, Dua Lipa, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, plus many more. You better believe it’ll be full to the brim once the doors open again.
📍 The Arches, Villiers St, London WC2N 6NG. Nearest station is Charing Cross.
2. VFD, Dalston
VFD, better known by it’s former name Vogue Fabrics to some, is a bijou Dalston club that attracts the top fashion aficionados around London. Here, on top of the incredible outfits you’ll be treated to, you’ll get to attend nights such as Sassitude and witness the famous penis mural that resides in the toilet. How could you not love a night out like that? VFD is open now for drinks, as well as weekly Transmission meetup, a free event for trans+ people. Club nights will return once it is permitted. Find more information via VFD’s website.
📍 66 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XB. Nearest station is Dalston Kingsland.
Perhaps best known for their historic Saturday night event Duckie, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern knows how to host a big and wonderful party. When doors reopen for Duckie, which is going over 25 years and counting, you can be sure of a truly exhilarating honky-tonk, drag-filled experience.
📍 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY. Nearest station is Vauxhall.
4. G-A-Y Late, Soho
One of London’s most iconic LGBTQ+ bars and clubs (partly due to its name), is Soho’s G-A-Y Bar. Start your early evening at their three-floor party bar with music and a drink or two, which is just around the corner from G-A-Y Late, before heading into the club for a night of dancing.
📍 5 Goslett Yard, WC2H 0EA. Nearest stations are Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
5. Exilo Latin, , Temple
If you want to get your salsa dancing on there is only one place to look. Exilo has hosted their Latin dance party since 1996, and it’s just made for a post-lockdown boogie once the clubs finally reopen again.
📍 Temple Pier Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN. Nearest station is Temple.
Another longstanding London gay bar, which has been going strong for over 30 years, is the White Swan in east London. As of now, the late night basement cannot be used to its full potential but, hopefully one day this summer, the spot will welcome back their lively London crowd to dance all night once more.
📍 556 Commercial Rd, London E14 7JD. Nearest station is Limehouse.
7. The Underground Club, Kings Cross
Sorely missed during lockdown, frequenters of The Underground Club will be desperate to get back between their walls for some upbeat dancing and drinking. Roll on July 19 (fingers crossed).
📍 37 Wharfdale Rd., London N1 9SD. Nearest station is Kings Cross St. Pancras.
8. The Glory, Haggerston
The Glory prides itself in being one of east London’s best gay bars, drag hothouses, LGBTQ+ performance venues, nightclubs, and curators of London shows, festivals, contests and battles. You can find drag shows and LGBTQ+ arts events taking place here most evenings, and smashing late-night parties on the weekend.
📍 281 Kingsland Road, E2 8AS. Nearest station is Haggerston.
9. CMYK, Wimbledon
CMYK is Wimbledon’s first ever LGBTQ+ bar and club, and you’re guaranteed a hell of a night full of wonderful vibes. Here, you’ll enjoy the energy of drag entertainment, queer DJs, great cocktails and much more. Plus, with the bar open till 2.30am, you’ll have plenty of time to dance the night away.
📍 105 – 109 The Broadway, London SW19 1QG. Nearest station is Wimbledon.
10. Dalston Superstore, Dalston
Chilled out brunches by day, rowdy fun by night: Dalston Superstore is your go-to destination for great food and smashing parties on Kingsland High Street. Head to the bar and restaurant first, and end the night on the basement dancefloor amongst a lively, diverse LGBTQ+ crowd.
📍 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB. Nearest station is Dalston Kingsland.
11. Two Brewers, Clapham
Over at Two Brewers, guests will be treated to a whirlwind of a night every single day of the week until late. Whether it’s a buzzing drag show or simply hours of screaming along to pop, this is a night anyone should attend at one point to leave with a smile and no voice left.
📍 114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ. Nearest station is Clapham North.
12. The Eagle, Vauxhall
One thing’s for sure at The Eagle – you’ll never have a boring night out. The spot has been going strong for years, with it’s New York Meatpacking district-inspired décor and variety of nights attracting all kinds of crowds. Why not treat yourself to Vauxhall’s finest once club doors swing open again?
📍 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY.
13. Ku Bar, Leicester Square / Little Ku, Soho
These sister venues run by the Ku Group are amongst London’s most celebrated LGBTQ+ nightlife spots. Ku Bar at Leicester Square and Little Ku in Soho are both pre-club bars serving cocktails and champagne, as well as nightly DJ entertainment, and early-night parties in low-lit basements.
📍 Find Ku Bar at 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA, and Little Ku at 25 Frith Street, W1D 5LB. Nearest stations are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.
14. The Yard Bar, Soho
The Yard is a clear winner for summer nights, boasting a large heated garden courtyard and balconied loft bar with plenty of space. The inside space is just as attractive, and you can expect an extensive cocktail menu served by barmen who, according to their website, are ‘pretty tasty’, too…
📍 57 Rupert Street, W1D 7PL. Nearest stations are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.