Want to play a bit harder? Check out London’s red hot cruise club scene.
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South Lambeth Road map
weekday - Wed 21.00 - 01.00 Fri 22.00 - 03.00, weekend - Sat 14.00 - 19.00 / 22.00 - 04.00 Sun 14.00 - 02.00
Bar, Music, Dancing, Dark Room, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 11-04-2012
The infamous Vauxhall nightclub at the more extreme rubber/leather end of the London gay clubbing scene. The Hoist has been helping gay Londoners play hard for the last 16 years and it is still one of the most popular cruise clubs in the city. The music is a sleazy, sexy blend of house and tribal, although there’s no dancefloor and no-one here actually dances. Courteous and attentive good looking bar staff who pay attention to details like lots of ice if you want it and free re-fills with your mixer.
The Hoist has regular themed nights with a strictly enforced dress code (on some nights this might be just a pair of boots!). Membership required (£35!) but it is available on the door and entrance fees payable. Nearest Underground – Vauxhall Station, Exit 1.
349 Kennington Lane map
weekday - 21.00 - 02.00 (Mon - Thur) 03.00 (Fri), weekend - 21.00 - 04.00 (Sat) 20.00 - 03.00 (Sun)
Bar, Dancing, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 01-03-2013
Eagle London is firmly back in the Cruise Club category, with the cruise bar open from Monday to Thursday nights. On Fridays, Tonker take over at Eagle – a ‘real mens’ night out.
Sunday night is reserved for the infamous Horse Meat Disco. A night dedicated to human happiness – the party for everyone; from club kids, to bears, fashionistas, naturalist, and drag queens. Musically, its a disco and punk funk in the friendliest venue south of the river. Buffet, happy hour and spontaneous acts of exhibitionism. Fabulous! Nearest Underground – Vauxhall. From the Underground Station continue on past the Royal Vauxhall Taven down Kennington Lane for about 200 meters.
South Lambert Road map
weekday - Wed 21:00 - 01:00, Fri 22:00 - 03:00, weekend - Sat 14:00 - 19:00 / 22:00 - 04:00, Sun 14:00 - 02:00
Bar, Dark Room Updated: 11-06-2012
A men-only fetish bar located next door to, and operate by, the Hoist. The bar has a play area with a wet zone, sneaker and socks area and impressive visuals. This relatively small bar only admits 69 customers at any one time, so arrive early. Closed Monday & Thursday.
Union 2, 66 Goding Street map
weekday - 22.00 - 04.00 (Fri)
Bar, Music, Dancing, Adults-only Updated: 09-21-2012
Nudity, which was originally launched in 2007, is a fun night out for guys who like to dance and party – naked! This twice monthly party is now thought to be the biggest regular all male naked dance night in Europe. Expect funky tunes to get everyone grooving the night away. If you have never stripped to dance before, don’t worry – the club offers a warm welcome to guys of all ages and sizes. Events held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, plus regular special events. Check web site to confirm date of next event.
Union, 66 Albert Embankment, map
weekend - Monthly - Saturday 22.00 - 05.00
Bar, Music, Dancing, GoGo Show, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 09-21-2012
At the rather extreme fetish end of the London gay clubbing scene. Hard On is held every third Saturday on the month, except July and October at Union. Strict dress code (rubber, leather or uniform) – see web site for details.
66 Albert Embankment map
weekday - Varies
Dark Room, Adults-only, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 09-21-2012
Cruise club with dark rooms and changing facilities. Union is home to a number of weekly special events, each with its own special theme. Check Union’s Facebook page for more information. Opening hours vary – depending on the event.
37 Wharfdale Road map
weekday - Mon / Tue 13:00 -01:00, Wed 15:00 – 01:00, Thur 13:00 - 02:00, Fri 13:00 - 04:00, weekend - Sat 13:00 - 04:00, Sun 01:00 - 24:00
Bar, Dancing, Dark Room, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 01-15-2013
Cruise club & bar during the week (with various themed evenings – check website for details) but turning a bit softer at the weekends for a more dance party / techno / drum and base night feel. Located in the basement of the gay bar Central Station. The entrance is the red door, labelled “Underground” located just around the corner from Wharfdale Street on Balfe Street. Nearest Underground station – King’s Cross.
139-143 Whitfield Street map
weekday - 13:00 - 01:00, weekend - 13:00 - 01:00
Bar, Maze, Dark Room, Free Wi-Fi, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 01-22-2013
Cruise bar with varying dress or no dress code – depending on the night of the week. Entry fee (typically £6 for an afternoon session or £7 in the evening includes a free drink, coat check, WiFi, free re-entry and loyalty card). Day cruising session between 13:00 – 19:00 daily, evening between 19:00 -01:00. See website for daily theme. Nearest Underground station – Warren Street or Goodge Street.
Wentworth Mews,, Tel.+44 (0)20 8980 8557 map
weekday - Thu 22:00 - 02:00, weekend - Fri-Sat 22:00 - 03:00, Sun 22:00 - 01:00
Bar, Dark Room, Adults-only, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 06-26-2012
The Backstreet is London is, indeed, the UK’s longest-running gay leather & fetish club.
Now in its 28th year, the door policy is as strict as ever, earning the respect and continued patronage of those who are dedicated to rubber and leather. Don’t even think of wearing trainers or slacks. Leather or rubber should be the most prominent part of your outfit – although tee shirts and denim may play supporting roles!
Open Thursdays to Sundays with additional special events including BUFF! (naked) and IGNITE (for those who like to smoke). Nearest Underground Station – Mile End, District and Central Lines. Entrance located along a path leading off Burdett Road.
305 North End Road
weekday - 19:00 - late, weekend - 19:00 - late
Bar, Music, Karaoke, Cruise / Fetish Updated: 06-26-2012
This small but very friendly bar has been part of the West London gay scene for more than 20 years. Its success is down to the fact that it offers a fun environment that always attracts a wide range of customers.
The club is ‘men only’ on Mondays (cruise night), Tuesday (underwear or naked), karaoke on Wednesdays and more cruising on Friday nights. Thursday’s and Sunday nights are nights for Transvestites, Transsexuals and all their admirers. Great value drinks too. Closed Saturdays. Nearest Underground – West Bromton (District Line).
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