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Soho is home to some of London’s best known gay bars, many located on or close to Old Compton Street, Rupert Street and Wardour Street.
It’s a lively place to visit any time – day or night – with a excellent choice of shops, cafés, juice bars, restaurant and bistros. Caffe Nero (corner of Frith Street and Old Compton Street) is one of the most popular hang out spots during the day – a great place for people watching.
weekday: Mon - Tue 16:00 - 23:30; Wed - Thu 13:00 - 23:30
weekend: Fri - Sat 13:00 - 24:00 Sun 13:00 - 22:30
audience rating: 4.2 stars from 22 votes - click to vote
Set back from Rupert Street with its own private courtyard with outdoor heaters, The Yard is particularly popular with those who still like to smoke.
Inside (as with all other pubs in the UK, strictly no smoking), the original brick work, wooden beams and the gorgeous bar staff are exposed. In the case of the bar staff, we mean shirtless.
The Yard is one of the most stylish gay venues in Soho and a firm favourite of ours. They can even host private parties in their upstairs bar. The entrance is directly opposite the Rupert Street bar.
weekday: 17:00 - 02:00 / 03:00
weekend: Sat 17:00 - 03:00; Sun - 23:30
audience rating: 4.4 stars from 33 votes - click to vote
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One of the most popular gay bars in Soho. Busy every night of the week, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays. Slightly quieter upstairs if you want to chat with friends.
Heidi Licious takes command on Wednesday to present V Karaoke. Saturday is our favourite night when VILLAGE’s sexy go-go dancers strut their stuff on the bar top and podium. Squeeze in and watch!
weekday: 12:00 - 23:00 / 23:15
weekend: 12:00 - 23:45 / 22:30
Another very popular gay bar located right in the middle of Soho.
Open 7 days a week, Rupert Street serves food (burgers, etc.) and drinks during the day but is packed with the party crowd in the evening, spilling over onto the street during the summer.
Plenty of eye candy both in front and behind the bar. Rupert Street brings in some pretty good DJ’s to play live every Friday and Saturday night.
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+44 20 7439 1274 |
weekday: 12:00 - 00:00
weekend: Sat 11:00 - 00:00; Sun 12:00 - 23:30
For more than a decade, The Duke of Wellington has served as a classic British local gay pub in the middle of Soho.
A genuinely friendly bar that serves as a ‘local’ for many who live or work in the heart of the city. You’ll find plenty of sport fixtures on flat screen TV’s on the weekend.
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weekday: 16:00 - 23:00
weekend: Sat 14:00 - 23:30; Sun 14:00 - 22:30
audience rating: 2.6 stars from 7 votes - click to vote
Just off Wardour Street, in the alley between Ann Summers and The Village in London’s famous gay district Soho lies this fun, friendly basement bar, popular with London’s young gay scene. Great place to stop off for a drink and a quick ogle of the gorgeous barmen at the start of a big night out on the town.
Barbie dolls hanging from the ceiling, eclectic lights and black & white films showing in the corner make this bar a unique place, with a nice, relaxed atmosphere – a favourite hangout for both straights and gays.
weekday: 12:00 - 23:30
weekend: 12:00 - 24:00; Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Comptons is located in what used to be a Victorian hotel. In the 1950’s, the hotel had become a pub called ‘The Swiss Tavern’ and acquired a reputation as being a meeting place for gay men which at the time was illegal.
In 1986, the name was changed to “Comptons of Soho” and it came out in the open as being a gay bar. Now, more than 25 years later, Comptons is still regarded as one of the most popular gay bars in London.
The bar attracts a more mature, beer-drinking crowd than found in some of the other gay bars in Soho.
weekday: 12:00 - 23:00
weekend: 12:00 - 00:00 / 22:30
The little brother to the KU Bar on Lisle Street. KU Soho offers a (little bit) more relaxed and laid-back environment. Check out the comfortable Metro basement bar.
Regular drink offers served up by sexy KU barmen.
+44 20 7437 5300 |
weekday: Mon-Thu 13:00 - 23:30
weekend: Fri,Sat 12:00 - 24:00; Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Traditional English gay pub in the heart of Soho, named after Admiral Adam Duncan who defeated the Dutch fleet in 1797.
Inside the bar is a chandelier in memory of the 3 people killed and 70 injured in the 1999 attack by a neo-Nazi who attempted (and failed) to stir up homophobic tensions in London. The attack marked a turning point in the relationship between the police, local government and the gay community which became closer and stronger than ever before.
All gay tourists to London should pay at least one visit to this historic gay bar.
weekday: 12:00 - 24:00
weekend: 12:00 - 24:00
audience rating: 3.4 stars from 8 votes - click to vote
G-A-Y is part of the fabric of gay London. Originally a popular nightclub at the now-demolished Astoria Theatre, G-A-Y operates two bars in central London. Located in the heart of Soho, the bar attracts a fun-loving young crowd most nights of the week. Cheap drinks Mondays to Thursdays.
The venue is spread across 3 floors. Upstairs can be far more popular than the ground floor during the week as it has a small outdoor terrace (usually full of smokers). The basement is slightly more chic.
Packed at the weekend. Everyone is frisked on the way in. Like all big bars, be aware of your wallet and phone. Nearest Underground: Tottenham Court Road
weekday: 12:00 - 03:00
weekend: 12:00 - 03:00
The independently owned gay bar & dance club, located just a few steps from Leicester Square, celebrates its 20 anniversary last year.
The spacious main ground floor bar attracts all types, from twinks to muscle Mary’s, locals and tourists. The walls of flat screen TV’s play nonstop chart-topping music videos, whilst behind the bar, the Ku boys are a visual treat in their own right (check out the video below).
Ku Klub is located in the basement of the bar and is open from 10pm to 3am every night. Entry is free, apart from Friday & Saturdays after 11pm (£5). Both bar & club continue to be two of the most popular gay venues in London.
Great service and great drinks at reasonable prices. This is a winning combination that has been reflected in the many awards this bar has won in recent years. Regular drink promotions.
weekday: 17:00 - 23:30
weekend: Fri,Sat 17:00 - 00:00
Newly opened, stylish, chill-out cocktail lounge bar, located directly above KuBar. The Light Lounge offers a great selection of beers, wines and cocktails.
The bar attracts a mixed crowd, but given its location and shared ownership with KuBar, it’s a great option to consider. Closed Sundays.
| facebook | +44 20 7434 4294 |
weekday: 12:00 - 23:30
weekend: Fri,Sat 12:00 - 24:00; Sun 12:00 - 22:30
audience rating: 4.8 stars from 8 votes - click to vote
Molly Moggs looks and feels like a London institution – one of the friendliest and most authentic gay pubs in Soho. Located at the far end of Old Compton Street, on the corner with Charing Cross Road.
Friendly staff offer the warmest of welcomes and an excellent free cabaret performance keeps everyone entertained, 7 days a week.
Missed by many tourists. We think that downing a pint in Molly Moggs should be on the itinerary of any gay traveller seeking an antidote to some of the more commercial bars further up the street.
weekday: 13:00 - 01:00
weekend: 13:00 - 04:00
audience rating: 3.8 stars from 8 votes - click to vote
Stylish chill-out bar in Soho, promising to “bring a little sparkle” to London’s gay district. Great place for a drink and chat before heading off to a club.
Themed entertainment most nights of the week, including “the campest Sunday nighter on the block” with the popular Studio Dusty. The cute bar staff are pretty good, too!
weekday: 16:00 - 03:00
weekend: Fri,Sat 14:00 - 03:00; Sun 14:00 - 22:30
Stylish, sophisticated bar & nightclub in the heart of Soho that attracts a mixed, trendy crowd – particularly those working in media, fashion and entertainment including gay celebrities.
Freedom Bar features a stylish ground floor, cocktail bar and dance floor in the basement, with crystal chandeliers, crushed pink velvet seating and over 200 mirror balls. A sight to see!
| facebook | +44 20 7437 0479 |
weekday: 23:00 - 03:00
weekend: 23:00 - 03:00
audience rating: 4.2 stars from 5 votes - click to vote
G-A-Y Late is the after-hours version of G-A-Y Bar, located about a 5-minute walk away – where most of the guys head sometime between 11pm and midnight.
Open everyday of the week but restricted to G-A-Y members and their guests only on Sunday nights.
G-A-Y Late can be a little difficult to find as it’s hidden behind the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. Our map placement is correct, down a narrow path behind Starbucks.
+44 20 7734 5907 |
weekday: Mon-Tue 12:00 - 23:00; Wed-Thu 12:00 - 23:30
weekend: 12:00 - 24:00; Sun 13:00 - 22:30
In 1982, The Kings Arms became a gay bar and, more than 30 years later, still pulls in the crowds. The bar is known as being one of the most friendly places in Soho. Popular with bears.
Every Friday and Saturday night, The Kings Arms’ own DJ’s Simon M, Eazy, Mr Jones and Mr Evans spin the decks and Sunday night’s karaoke continues with Jivin’ Julie.
The bar serves a large cask ale selection as well as ciders and spirits.
weekday: 12:00 - 24:00
weekend: 12:00 - 03:00; Sun 12:00 - 23:00
One of London’s most famous gay cabaret show bars with a different crowd pulling theme every night of the week. Great venue for finding cheap drinks deals in the heart of central London.
Halfway to Heaven has karaoke every Monday and Thursday night. On Mondays, join the infamous Kevin Walsh for a sing-along – check the website for the latest program.
weekday: 12:00 - 02:00
weekend: 12:00 - 03:00; Sun 12:00 - 01:30
audience rating: 3.6 stars from 12 votes - click to vote
Historic gay bar that attracts a more mature crowd – although all are very welcome. On the ground floor, the Quebec is one of the most friendly pubs in London.
Downstairs, in the basement bar, the atmosphere is slightly more edgy and cruisy, with a different DJ each night playing their own mix of classic and contemporary tunes.
Regular entertainment (karaoke and drag queen cabaret performances) and special events. No door fee, and late license means that customers can enjoy an affordable late-night out. Free WiFi.
Nearest Underground: Marble Arch (Central Line)
weekday: 12:00 - 01:00
weekend: 12:00 - 03:00; Sun 14:00 - 00:30
Gay-popular, late-night mixed bar in the heart of Soho, London, that welcomes everyone. BAR Soho serves a wide selection of wines and cocktails.
Resident DJ’s play 7 nights a week. The bar also hosts occasion LGBT events.
| facebook | +44 20 7383 3084 |
weekday: 16:00 - 23:30
weekend: Sat 16:00 - 23:30; Sun 16:00 - 22:30
audience rating: 4.4 stars from 10 votes - click to vote
Smaller, stylish and friendly cocktail gay bar serving good-value drinks. New Bloomsbury Set is a great place to meet up for a chat with friends, where you can take advantage of the Free WiFi and regular drinks deals.
Basement level – look for the black railings along Tavistock Place (junction with Marchmont Street).
weekday: 20:00 - 00:00
weekend: 21:00 - 00:00
audience rating: 4.3 stars from 4 votes - click to vote
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New addition to the Vauxhall scene. This stylish new chic brasserie and bar brings a bit of class and sophistication to Vauxhall’s famous arches.
COUNTER is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a great selection of French and American contemporary food. Later, the bar serves a carefully selected range of wines, cocktails, mocktails and more.
The bar entrance is next to The Hoist and the restaurant entrance is near the bus station.
weekday: Mon-Thu 19:00 - 24:00; Fri 19:00 - 02:00
weekend: Sat 21:00 - 02:00; Sun 14:00 - 24:00
No visit to gay London could be complete without at least one drink at the famous Royal Vauxhall Tavern. This pub is believed to be London’s oldest gay venue and remains the cornerstone of the Vauxhall gay village.
Today, the RVT is renowned for its hugely popular drag shows, comedy performances and fun party nights. Particularly popular on Sunday afternoons – expect to queue. Nearest Underground: Vauxhall
weekday: Mon-Wed 20:00 - 02:00; Thu 20:00 - 03:00; Fri 20:00 - 04:00
weekend: Sat 20:00 - 04:00; Sun 20:00 - 03:00
audience rating: 3.3 stars from 33 votes - click to vote
3 Star Winner
One of most iconic gay venues in London. Eagle LONDON is large and stylish,with a dance floor and garden for smokers and those wanting to chat away from the music. Eagle offer a fantastic range of craft beers and wines and has regular drinks promotions.
Sunday night is reserved for the infamous Horse Meat Disco. A night dedicated to human happiness – the party for everyone; from club kids, bears, fashionistas, naturalist to drag queens.
From the Underground Station, continue on past the Royal Vauxhall Taven down Kennington Lane for about 200 metres. Easy to spot the completely black painted building.
weekday: 17:00 - 02:00
weekend: 17:00 - 04:00; Sun 16:00 - 02:00
One of South London’s most popular gay venues. Two Brewers has been in business for over 30 years, with a winning combination of good-value drinks, regular cabaret shows and a great selection of handbag and commercial tunes.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the larger club space plays house and garage sounds all night.
+44 20 3632 6426 |
weekday: 16:00 - 23:00
weekend: Sat 12:00 - 24:00; Sun 12:00- 23:00
This wine bar is Clapham’s latest gay venue, located in railway arches, just a few steps away from Clapham North Station.
The Bridge offers a relaxing atmosphere and a combination of excellent cocktails, wine and fresh dishes and platters to share.
The bar is owned by the Orange Nation team (who are behind some of London’s biggest club nights), so it’s not much of a surprise that talented DJ’s liven up atmosphere at the weekend.
weekday: Wed-Thu 20:00 - 23:30
weekend: Fri,Sat 20:00 - 03:00; Sun 20:00 - 01:00
West London’s most popular late-night dance bar with regular live cabaret performances and karaoke nights. West 5 has been in business for 15 years, so they must be doing something right!
Fridays and Saturday nights are the busiest nights, with DJ’s and cabaret. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Nearest Underground: South Ealing (Picadilly Line)
weekday: Mon 12:00 - 00:00; Tue-Thu 12:00 - 02:30
weekend: Sat 10:00 - 3:00; Sun 10:00 - 02:30
audience rating: 4.0 stars from 4 votes - click to vote
TODAY Last Resort Disco - 9pm - 2:30am free entry
Not a superstore but rather a bar, café & club offering a unique combination (at least in this part of London) of food, drink, music, art, culture and parties!
Dalston is a great place for breakfast, brunch, burgers, salads and cakes. Later in the evening, the basement becomes a party zone with the crowd being entertained by some of the best up-and-coming DJ’s and other guest acts. Free WiFi.
Nearest Underground: Dalston Junction Station (East London Line)
weekday: Tue-Fri 20:00 - 02:00
weekend: Sat 20:00 - 05:00; Sun 17:00 - 02:00
audience rating: 2.0 stars from 28 votes - click to vote
TODAY 3 Of A Kind - karaoke/bingo with cabaret
Long-established gay bar & nightclub, East End’s very own White Swan has been going as a gay bar for over 30 years. Refurbished 3 years ago with a new club in the basement, this very art deco venue features LED lighting, great sound system and weekly cabaret shows.
DJ’s play a great mix of commercial house, garage to pop. Themed nights include Cybil’s House (every 3rd Saturday) and karaoke/bingo plus cabaret shows on Sundays. Closed on Mondays. Photo ID required at weekends.
weekday: Mon-Thu 12:00 - 01:00
weekend: Fri,Sat 12:00 - 03:00; Sun 12:00 - 01:00
One of the longest-running independently owned bar and terrace. The Central Station offers a wide spectrum of entertainment – from jazz evening, pool evening, karaoke as well as regular drag acts.
A great place for a drink before retiring to the basement Underground Club. Free WiFi available. Nearest Underground: Kings Cross
| facebook | +44 20 7012 1100 |
weekday: 20:00 - 01:00
weekend: 20:00 - 03:00
audience rating: 3.7 stars from 3 votes - click to vote
After the closure of the George and Dragon, a new gay bar has opened up in a Shoreditch on the same street.
Very camp and colourful, The Queen Adelaide attracts a fun loving crowd. Open daily.
weekday: Mon-Thu 17:00 - 00:00
weekend: 17:00 - 02:00; 13:00 - 23:00
East London’s most exciting gay bar & performance venue, run by Jonny Woo, Zoe Argiros, Colin Rothbart and John Sizzle. The Glory (opened in 2014) has already become London’s talk of the town.
The Glory features a fabulous range of performances – drag shows, comedy, live music – plus a late-night disco. Most shows are free entry – check their website for current program of events.
Located in Haggerston, halfway between the Shoreditch gay nightlife and Dalston,
weekday: Mon-Wed 11:00 - 23:00; Thu,Fri 12:00 - 24:00
weekend: 12:00 - 24:00
audience rating: 3.5 stars from 2 votes - click to vote
Local East End bar featuring regular cabaret shows at the weekends. Cheap drinks and great atmosphere.
Saturday show starts at 9:30pm, Sunday at 9pm. DJ every cabaret night 8pm until midnight. Nearest station: Limehouse DLR
weekday: 20:00 - 02:00
weekend: Fri,Sat 20:00 - 04:00; Sun 20:00 - 02:00
audience rating: 3.3 stars from 4 votes - click to vote
The only gay bar still open in this part of South East London. The George and Dragon has a great location and is relatively spacious, but is rather run down and in desperate need of a refurbishment.
Having said that, the bar staff are friendly and it still hosts regular cabaret shows – check their website for details. The bar also has a pool table. Located next to the Lewisham Road / Blackheath Hill junction, 15 minutes walk from Depford Bridge DLR.
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