Vault 139

Basement Bar, 139-143 Whitfield St, London, United Kingdom, W1T 5EN | map | get directions |

audience rating: Vault 139, 3.3 out of 5 based on 96 ratings click to vote:
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TODAY Stripped Night £9 entry 7pm-1am

Popular gay cruise bar with varying dress codes (or none), depending on the night of the week (cruise, stripped or underwear). Daily cruising session – check their website for current theme.

Entry fee at Vault (£9) includes a free drink, free coat check, WiFi, free re-entry passes and a loyalty card. Nearest Underground: Warren St or Goodge St.

weekday: 13:00 - 01:00

weekend: 13:00 - 01:00

venue: cruise / fetish | features: bar, music, maze, dark room, free wi-fi, cruise / fetish | customers: gay | attracts: All types

corrections | last updated: 16-06-2017

| website | +44 20 7388 5500 | Free WiFi | email this to me

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Value

3.8

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3.3

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3.5

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3.2
based on 42 reviews
  1. Rude staff

    “The place was fairly clean. Poor ventilation, got high with the smell of poppers in the air. But the worst bit was the guy selling tickets. Treats customers as though he is doing them a favour to get in. “

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     on 27-06-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  2. Very attractive men

    “I was there last Thursday for the first night at their "Stripped Event". A lot of attractive men were participating, most between 25 and 45. There was a lot of activities at around 11.30.“

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     on 25-06-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  3. Not as good as it was.

    “I remember my first few times in here, more than one year ago, - it was cool place, a lot of hot guys, but now, with every visit I see that it's getting worse. Mainly only old guys, or those who think that they are hot. Almost everyone is bottom, very hard to find real good top. Usually everyone is playing in groups - good for u if u like it.

    My last visit was yesterday, and it was one of most unsuccessful visits - just a few in good shape, but they are just walking around showing yourself and ignoring everyone. “

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     on 29-04-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  4. Amazing place

    “Went there yesterday. The place is exactly my taste. Not very big but enough place for playing. The staff is so very friendly and helpful, never rude. You really enjoy seeing them working. The place is a bit kinky but very clean for that kind of place. So of course you will not find a steril toilet and so. Just be sure you are into the theme. I went there about 4 pm and the place was already full. Much more hansome men came with the time. Had a lot of fun, definitely go back there. Even today again.“

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     on 18-03-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Play safe at VAULT

      “Best to play safe in Vault if you are HIV NEG
      YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED“

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       on 18-03-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Agreed

      “Went yesterday and all that you said is spot on, was considering Ted's Place but opted for the Vault - good decision IMO. Will return“

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       on 01-04-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  5. great!

    “Went here on a Tuesday around 7pm and it had a steady stream of all kinds of guys the whole time. The staff was nice and courteous and I had a lot of fun. I appreciated the bar area, which can be a place to take a break from the cruising atmosphere. The whole place though, could definitely use an air freshener.“

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     on 01-03-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  6. Great venue

    “Great place to go and hang out on Mondays/ Thursdays, naked, watch guys getting it on and even join in. Something there for everybody. Condoms, lube and free drink provided. Loads of hot guys every place you look. Can get quite crowded but I was very happy with that. Be prepared to be touched up everywhere you go, if you dont like that then this might not be the place for you. Will deff be going back again. Loved it there.“

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     on 27-01-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  7. medic

    “Went other week most of the guys are getting on in years. Staff are quite friendly. Place is small but clean price is about right. What more can i say, its ok but to many older guys for my liking best to avoid naked nights if you dont want people touching you. To the younger readers you will be a target for older men and beware if you wish to go play safe.“

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     on 13-01-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  8. OK BUT DONT EXPECT ANY MEN THIS A GAY BAR

    “THE PLACE IS OK BUT POPULATED WITH GAYS THAT HAVE SEEN BETTER DAYS.
    BEST TO PLAY VERY SAFE THERE.“

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     on 28-11-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  9. Hot guys great stripped night

    “Had a great night at stripped tonight... Hot guys ... Cool air con venue ... Thank god in the summer heat“

     on 25-07-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  10. Vault - Saturday pm

    “Had a great time here, staff were helpful and friendly, certainly not rude.“

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     on 23-07-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  11. Always good night

    “Had a really good night tonight...
    Friendly staff here always make it a welcoming place“

     on 30-04-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  12. Shame about some staff

    “I've been several times; hit & miss. But a good place at least to chill out and if you get lucky: great!
    On the whole, the staff are good, friendly etc. But there is 1 guy who has the most disgusting attitude to customers. Also, another short guy also very obnoxious. Spoils the experience for everyone.“

     on 17-04-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  13. Curious

    “I've been in the Vault yesterday on a cruise night. All sort of guys you can definitely find someone for you. Helpful and polite staff with incredible handsome bartender. I've been told that Friday is average night but for me it was adventurous enough as for my first time there. Toilets could be in slightly better condition but in general the place is clean and tidy. That was my first visit in the Vault but definitely not last. Next time Monday and stripped session.

    And BTW if you thinking to find there a true love of your life you are wrong. We all know what this place is for and it do the job.“

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     on 16-04-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  14. Great place . Definately go back

    “Great mix of guys, busy,clean, found staff to be very helpful and friendly.“

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     on 31-03-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  15. Excellent. Def recommend.

    “Had a great time here, found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Staff always seem to be cleaning and are quite attentive . Good range of guys and very busy especially on stripped and underwear session, look forward to my next visit to London.“

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     on 07-03-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  16. Rude

    “I have gone here several times and had a bad experience every time I dealt with this guy who works there. After scolding me in front of a bunch of people because I didn't know something about the way things work there I complained to another employee who told me he is the owner. I can't believe an owner of a business would treat people like this.“

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     on 02-03-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Why go back

      “If you were upset with your previous experience at the Vault then why the hell did you go back there ???? Personally I have always had a good time there and the staff are friendly and helpful. Just wish there were more gloryholes available.“

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       on 02-08-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  17. Really nice experience

    “Went there two times. The first was Thursday (naked party) and it was great. Many hot men and a lot of action! Staff were nice. My next visit was Friday afternoon around 6, and it started getting busy. Liked it again!“

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     on 07-02-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  18. Ian

    “Just to say Ian couldnt have been more helpful lost my jacket friday night Ian was so helpful thanks got it sat night thanks again Ian your a star Eamonn Ireland“

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     on 07-02-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  19. Worst Experience

    “I usually love going to saunas and cruise venues however I did not enjoy this place. The guy at the door seemed very jumpy as if he was on drugs, the guys inside cruising were not particularly attractive, and yes this is a risk you take at these places but someone was bleeding excessively... I saw blood on a few different people and on my leg! It was a wake up call about going to these sort of places... I gave it a try but the blood was the last straw for me and I left immediately, it also didn't smell great in there.. They should invest in some sort of air freshener or something. This is coming from someone that has been to many saunas without a bad thing to say about the other ones.“

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     on 31-01-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  20. PlayAway

    “Did the rounds in London and Vault was the best place. Loved it so much that I went every other day. The saunas were over priced and empty, The Hoist tried hard but failed - it doesn't seam to ever get busy except Sunday afternoon which still wasn't as good as the Vault. Vault gets my vote and I found the staff to be very nice so didn't experience the rudeness mentioned in previous posts“

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     on 09-01-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  21. First time

    “Went to the Vault for the first time the other night with my boyfriend and was very nervous. I did not no what to expect and I think I enjoyed it lol. My boyfriend was amazing and kept me focused on him as he had been before. Once I'd been touched up a few times and understood the rules in there I managed to relax. We both had a private booth for us to play and it was thrilling. We went on strip night which meant we had to be totally naked. Definitely something to experience.“

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     on 08-01-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  22. 40+

    “Most of the people in there are 40 upwards. Why would any one good looking or young need to go to place like that in the first place sure most people will grasp what I have said.“

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     on 01-01-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Duh?

      “You are implying that over 40 is by definition not good looking?
      Very sad, indeed!
      I am over 40, yes, and I have been here and the crowd is all ages, all types, and in my opinion, not at all bad looking--across all types.
      I had the time of my life on the stripped nights, less so on the underwear nights.
      This is a great place. Can't wait to go back!“

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       on 17-02-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  23. My favourite London cruising venue.

    “The atmosphere is just right. Plenty of sofas and other comfortable seating. Several private spaces with locks as well as open dark rooms. Nice lighting with a proper bar ambiance. Always quite a few guys there if not exactly packed out. Not too loud so people can talk.

    Good value with a drink included in the £7 or £8 entry fee.

    A tad understaffed but the staff are OK. Thank God they are not naked because the are REALLY cute and it would be very frustrating!

    Other places are just not as comfortable.“

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     on 15-12-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  24. How disappointing for a city like London...

    “Funny place. RUDE staff. Dirty toilets. 'Strange' unfriendly person seemed to be running the place. I won't be going back.“

     on 15-12-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  25. Very Welcoming

    “Very welcoming great staff and service very nice horny guys loads of sexy staff.“

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     on 14-12-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Obnoxious staff

      “That would be nice if it were true. Quite the opposite from my (real) visit.“

       on 16-12-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

      • Friendly helpful staff

        “If you behave rudely to the staff as some self righteous customers do, expect to be treated in the same manner, you get what you give.“

         on 31-03-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  26. The rudest staff ever

    “The rudest staff I have ever come across. Ever. Anywhere.“

     on 01-12-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  27. Service pleaaase

    “Perennially understaffed. Rude staff. Place needs a clean.“

     on 24-11-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  28. Nudity Rules!!

    “Fabulous nude night. Lots of horny men. Very friendly staff, although they could have been nude as well. Lets all join in.
    My only recommendation is that the lights could have been dimmer.“

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     on 23-11-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  29. Rude staff

    “Very rude staff. Don't expect to be treated as a customer by this bunch of arrogant, rude people.“

     on 13-11-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  30. Rude Staff

    “The rudest staff I've ever encountered.“

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     on 29-10-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  31. Much better than some reviews suggest

    “I've been wondering whether there was a daytime cruise bar in the UK, along the lines of those in Amsterdam, for example and was pleased and surprised to find that there is.

    I'm planning a few day away next month, so decided to check this place out for a quick day trip to London to see if a longer stay would be a worthwhile in that regard.

    I wasn't disappointed.

    It took me a while to find the place as I went the wrong way out of the Tube Station (it's actually really close!) and the venue is set discretely in a quiet street just behind the Tube Station.

    Having read some of the reviews about the place being "dirty, full of washed out gays, " with "rude staff," I wasn't expecting a great deal, but was very pleasantly surprised.

    The staff were pleasant enough and the doorman on the way out, very friendly.

    There were all types of people there, of all ages and someone for every taste. Yep, there were some "old men" there, but I didn't notice any of them being over-pushy.

    With regard to unsafe sex etc. I was aware that it was going on, like it probably does in any number of similar environments, be it cruising, or saunas, or online pickups, but for me, that's up to an individuals responsibility for himself and his fellow man. It's not something I would ever indulge in and there are a number of things I wouldn't do in a situation, such as this where there is no option to shower!

    I had a wonderful time and wish there were more bars like this around the country, I think we're way behind the Continent in that regard. It's all very well having a few very late night venues like this, but for a day time treat, this was well worth the visit and more, or less has me decided that my few days break will be in the capital because of this and many other attractions, both gay and otherwise! :O)“

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     on 06-10-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  32. Great place

    “Raunchy hot venue with for guys all ages, ethnicities etc. my favourite London venue. The bar staff are NOT rude - I have always found them to be great. Of course if someone is rude to them, they may respond less than courteously but who wouldn't? On nights when my luck is in I'm usually preoccupied. In the play areas, but if I'm having an unlucky night I enjoy sitting with a drink chatting to the bar staff. Most of the customers are just horny guys out for a good time, and the diverse clientele means that most tastes are generally catered for“

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     on 27-06-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  33. Amazing place just need more cleaning

    “Been there on Monday after 7 all guys of different ages stripped all amazing atmosphere sex everywhere glory holes were busy too many naked guys. love this place. Staff on the entrance were ok but staff behind bar were rude and one staff member who were checking place with search light were very rude. I heard he called one guy crazy which is very rude. They should improve there customer services. Will definitely go again soon.“

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     on 18-06-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  34. Rude Staff

    “Rude staff. Unaccommodating. Unwelcoming. Just plain rude..“

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     on 14-06-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  35. Rude staff

    “This place is dirty and smells. The staff are extremely rude. I stood for ages waiting at the reception and the guy just looked at me waiting. I then asked him for a ticket and he said if I didn't ask what I wanted he could not read my mind. I thought good customer service meant you ask a customer how can you help them?!! Just a matter of time this place closes down, too many complaints of the rudeness of the staff.“

     on 03-05-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  36. REWARD CARD

    “People are regularly going to this venue. I know this because I see the same people everytime I go! Also they have a reward card; after 5 visits (clip each time) You can get in free. My advice is to get in at 18:30 before the price of entry go's up also on naked night on Thursday you avoid the long wait to get in if you arrive before 18:30. As London doesn't have porno cinema cabins yet, this venue does have 4 cabins but no video screens. The glory holes within the walls get very busy and you have to wait ages to get a cabin! Some guys get angry and other try to jump in front of you when a cabin becomes available. Watch put for conflict! I have spoken to the owners asking them to put-in more cabins but they say they don't have the space. What about opening a porn cinema? They weren't interested. So if you want glory holes and porno don't come to London!“

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     on 01-05-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • 5 video screens

      “There are 5 video screens in the venue, I was there very recently and had a great time.“

       on 31-03-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  37. OK

    “Its an ok place to try if visiting london but I wouldn't say its a regular hang out place. Free condoms please use them. There is a mix of people hiv pos neg etc. The place is reasonably clean, my only issue is the attitude of the staff. Can come across as rude. Brush up on your customer service skills lads and it will be a sound place.“

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     on 19-03-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  38. Nice club

    “Vault is a very nice nice club, I recommend it to anyone looking for a clean and friendly club. My only issue is there aren't enough black guys who are into black guys..lol.. But its really good and the staff are nice. I enjoy naked nights so please add more to the list and cancel some of the clothed cruise nights :)“

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     on 17-03-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  39. You get what you want

    “I go to this club quite often on naked nights. Honestly, I find it very easy to 'meet guys'. The place is crowded, and you can find the type of guys you like. Strange characters are to be expected, especially on naked nights. Admission is cheap, storage ok, plenty of condoms and lube, neither clean nor dirty. “

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     on 18-01-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  40. 2 Irish lads

    “I have to disagree with the last writer with negative points for this bar. We have been here a few times and found it via advertisements, which clearly state what the bar is. We found the place to be clean to a certain extent, it is dark is but not pitch black, and absolutely no way did we ever come across rude people and staff were very friendly. If you want to play its there for you, but all sex places carry risk of STI but thats not the bars fault, also it is help full to ask are they STI free or importantly wear protection, anyway just said id support the bar as we are going over Thurs for more fun and frolics lol“

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     on 30-12-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  41. The Vault (of Hades)

    “If you're looking for a great night out, this is NOT the place for you. The place is dark, cramped and dirty. The men here are all the wrong type. Either 80+ or just plain ugly and very arrogant. Not to mention that they probably have been contracting all sorts of diseases from multiple past partners and purposely want to infect you as well. And I'm NOT exaggerating. I was sitting next to this old man minding my own business, when I caught him giving me really malevolent glares. Then a little later, the same man approached me aggressively and force me to kiss him. Whilst I was pinned against multiple other men who also forced me to get frisky against my will. The sense of darkness is everywhere. It was a complete nightmare that I would not wish upon anyone, even my worst enemy. Please listen to my advice, and ignore all these other positive reviews, it's just a load of propaganda to get more people coming so that the people working there can make more business. It's disgusting. This place is Satan's hideout and the place needs to be closed for good.“

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     on 16-11-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Response to "Keep Away"

      “Now let's get this straight? You went into a well known full on cruise club,you were so shocked you sat down. This must have been in the crowded dark room,and then, you poor thing we're "forced to get frisky against your will"!! Sounds great to me, can't wait to hear the next episode of this fiction.“

       on 12-12-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

      • Response to "Response to "Keep Away""

        “Actually, I didn't know about the place before, and it's not that well known, it was in Warren Street, it's hardly the West End. And when I sat down I hadn't seen yet the type of place it was and no, it was not in the crowded dark room. If you want details it was just outside those narrow corridors which was where they were making out. I only went to get away from my home life for a while where heterosexuality is pressured upon you. You might not feel that way because your up bringing was different and that's just fine. And to mention about the getting frisky bit, you want to do that with those men, good luck to you, don't come crying when you find your HIV positive. The fact that you want to go that low doesn't say much about you.

        Please mind your sarcasm because I find you very rude and obnoxious, I suffered a lot from this place and I'd appreciate it if you mind your own business and not call my suffering fiction. And don't respond if you want to pick a fight. I'm not going to stoop down to your level.“

         on 14-12-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Perhaps try G.A.Y next time?

      “Sorry Dave, but its pretty obvious to everyone what sort of place Vault is. If your idea of a good night out is a cocktail whilst listening to Kylie, try G.A.Y. Places like Vault attract all sorts of men. They might not all be to your taste, but hats off to management for welcoming all. Personally, always had a good time.“

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       on 13-12-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Everyones opinion is appreciated

      “Thank you to all for your frank opinions. We very much appreciate everyone's comments, but will be closing this particular review thread.“

       on 14-12-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  42. Response to 'Keep Away'

    “What a load of rubbish!!! Its a sex club, I see the staff cleaning and have never seen 'corpses' crawling along the corridors. I am sure an afternoon tea dance would suit you much better!“

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     on 03-10-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • If you don't like it, don't go

      “I agree with Dave. This is a full on cruise bar. No attitude and generally friendly place. You know what you are going for before you arrive at the door. If you don't like that, don't go!“

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       on 04-10-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  43. Best in London

    “Clean, nice music, very busy that you can't walk without stamping someone's feet (specially in Sunday afternoon underwear party), staff are very friendly except for the skinny black haired guy who wears glasses. The place has a strange smell (in a pleasant way) I am guessing it's because of the non-stop sex going on, which obviously puts stress on the toilets.
    From the pretentious guy who sits and observe but does nothing to the sleazy young men who are ready for action, all sorts of men go there (some annoying old men too). There are 4 private cubicles with glory holes busy all the time and other five rooms, which aren't that private.
    Since September 2014, entrance for day cruising is £7 and £8 for night cruising. Still very good value for money!
    The key to having a good fun in this club is to accept the fact that it's a cruising club & not everyone is your cup of tea.“

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     on 27-09-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  44. Real fun place

    “Went on a Wednesday night, underwear party, lots of hots guys. Plenty of space to play, groups forming spontaneously, no attitude in general. The rude Scottish guy is no more there but the staff are all cute and smiling and funny too! Will return for sure!“

     on 27-08-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  45. Keep Away!

    “I felt like I was transported to the vaults of HELL full of corpses crawling in the dark corridors and corners. The place is very dark, small without any privacy even inside the cabins. It smells really bad. Going there for 5 minutes made me appreciate my life and health so much and being forever grateful for the conscious choices I made in my life. I am a proud gay man and I strongly feel that I do not belong to this decadent rotten underworld.“

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     on 10-12-2013 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Decadent rotten underworld.

      “One man's meat (ahem) is another man's poison. I happen to love the place.
      My version of what heaven would be like, if there were such a place.“

       on 17-02-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

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