Boyz guide to London’s gay venues open through the week
The Above the Stag Theatre The UK’s only LGBT theatre is a Boyz Award winner with a mix of comedies and gay themed dramas. 17 Miles Street, Vauxhall, SW8.
The Admiral Duncan Legendary West End cabaret bar. Open Mon – Thurs 1pm – 11.30pm, Fri – Sat 12pm – 12am, Sun 12pm – 10.30pm. Entry is free. 54 Old Compton Street, London W1D.
Balans Soho Society Popular diner-style brasserie. Open Mon – Sat 7.30am – 6am, Sun 7.30am – 3am. 60-62 Old Compton Street, London W1D.
Balans Soho Society Cafe Serving cocktails, burgers, breakfast and brunch. Open Mon – Sun 24 hours. 34 Old Compton Street, London W1D.
Balans Soho Society Cafe, Seven Dials Open Mon – Thurs 8am – 11pm, Fri and Sat until 11.30pm, Sunday until 10.30pm. 32 – 43 Monmouth Street, WC2.
Belgo Bar and Restaurant Serving delicious Belgian food. Open Mon – Sun midday – 11pm. 29 – 31 Old Compton Street, London W1D.
Cafe Tramp Great food, DJs and cabaret. Open Tuesday to Sunday. www.cafetramp.co.uk 361 Green Lanes, Haringey, London N4 1DY.
Central Station Cabaret bar, restaurant and bed and breakfast. Open Mon – Wed 12pm – 1am, Thurs – Fri 12pm – 2am, Sat 12pm – 3am, Sun 12pm – 12am. 37 Wharfdale Road, London N1.
Chariots Vauxhall Busy gay and bi men’s sauna. Entry from £12. Open 24 hours until 8am Monday. 63-64 Albert Embankment, London SE1.
Chariots Waterloo Large, popular sauna with darkrooms and video lounge. Entry from £10. Open 24 hours. 101 Lower Marsh, London SE1.
Circa Cool Soho bar with a hot crowd. Entry is free. Open Mon – Sun 1pm – 1am. 62 Frith Street, London W1D.
Clonezone Earls Court Clonezone is the world’s largest gay retailer. Open Mon – Wed 10am – 8pm, Thurs – Sat 10am – 10pm, Sun 12pm – 6am. 266 Old Brompton Road, London SW5.
Clonezone Soho Open Mon – Thurs 11am – 9pm, Fri – Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 12pm – 8pm. 35 Old Compton Street, London W1D.
Comptons of Soho Popular gay venue always busy with a frisky crowd. 51-53 Old Compton Street, London W1D.
Counter Modern brasserie, cocktail bar and brunch spot plus BackCounter Lounge for cabaret. Open Mon – Thurs 7am – 12am, Fri 7am – 1am, Sat 9am – 1am, Sun 9am – 11.30pm. Arch 50, South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, SW8.
Dalston Superstore Eclectic gay café, bar and club. Open Mon 12pm – 12am, Tues – Wed 12pm – 2.30am, Fri 12pm – 4am, Sat – Sun 10pm – 4am. 117 Kingsland High Street, London E8.
The Duke of Wellington Friendly traditional gay pub with a loyal following. Open Mon – Fri 12pm – 12am, Sat 11am – 12am, Sun 12pm – 11.30pm. 77 Wardour Street, London W1D.
Eagle London Stylish gay bar complete with garden and BBQ. Open Mon – Thurs 9pm – 2am, Fri 9pm – 3am, Sat 9pm – 4am, Sun 8pm – 3am. 349 Kennington Lane, London SE11.
East Bloc Popular East London basement club. Open Thurs – 10.30pm – 4am, Fri – Sat 10.30 – 6am. 217 City Road, London EC1V.
Fire and the Lightbox Multi room venue home to different club and fetish nights. 39 Parry Street, Vauxhall, SW8.
Freedom Bar Soho Stylish Soho cocktail bar and club. Open every day until 3am, Sundays until 10.30pm. 66 Wardour Street, London, W1F.
G-A-Y Bar Popular bar attracting a big and varied crowd playing the best pop videos plus drinks offers including cocktail jugs. Entry is free. Open Mon – Sun 12pm – 12am. 30 Old Compton Street, London W1D.
G-A-Y Late Late bar on edge of Soho. Entry is £1 with a flyer from G-A-Y before midnight. Open Mon – Sun 11pm – 3am 5 Goslett Yard, London WC2H.
Gay’s The Word Community centred bookshop. Open Mon – Sat 10am – 6.30pm, Sun 2pm – 6am. 66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N.
The George & Dragon Traditional style gay pub in Greenwich. Open Sun – Thurs 8pm – 2am, Fri – Sat 8pm – 4am. 2 Blackheath Hill, London SE10 8DE.
The Glory Colourful East London cabaret venue. Open Sun – Thurs 9pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 9pm – 2am. 281 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E2.
Halfway II Heaven Award-winning cabaret venue. Entry is free. Open Mon – Thurs 12pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 12pm – 3am, Sun 12pm – 11pm. 7 Duncannon Street, London WC2N.
Heaven Long running gay super-club, home of G-A-Y, Popcorn and One Night in Heaven. Opening times vary – see What’s On for info. Under the Arches, off Villiers Street, Charing Cross, London WC2.
Her Upstairs Camden’s hottest LGBTQ cabaret venue. Open every day from 5pm, with different themed nights. 18 Kentish Town Road, Camden, London NW1.
Ku Bar Leicester Square Super-cool bar located in Chinatown plus Klub in the basement. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 3am, Sun 12pm – 12am. 30 Lisle Street, London WC2H.
Ku Bar Soho Relaxed, intimate bar. Entry is free. Open Mon – Thurs 5pm – 11.30pm, Fri – Sat 12pm – 12am, Sun 12pm – 10.30pm. 25 Frith Street, London WC1D.
Klub at Ku Stylish club venue downstairs at Ku Leicester Square open late with great DJs. Open seven days a week, 10pm – 3am (5am some weekends). 30 Lisle Street, London WC2H.
The Light Lounge Glamorous cocktail bar from the Ku Group Open Mon – Thurs 12pm – 11pm, Fri – Sat 5pm – 12am. 1 Newport Place, WC2.
The Locker Room Popular gay and bi men’s sauna. Entry is £10 before 1pm, £13 after. Open Mon – Thurs 11am – 12am, Fri – Sun 24 hours (from 11am Fri). 8 Cleaver Street, London SE11.
Molly Moggs Cosy, traditional style gay pub. Open Mon – Thurs 12pm – 11.30pm, Fri – Sat 12pm – 12am, Sun 12pm – 10.30pm. 2 Old Compton Street, London W1D.
New Bloomsbury Set Stylish West End bar. Entry is free. Mon – Sat 4pm – 11.30pm, Sun 4pm – 10.30pm. 76 Marchmont Street, London WC1N.
The Old Ship East End gay pub with cabaret. Open Mon – Tues 12pm – 11pm, Mon – Sun 12pm – 12am. 17 Barnes Street, London E14.
Pleasuredrome Huge sauna that never closes. Entry is £12 for under 25s, £17 for others. Cornwall Road and Sandell Street, London SE1.
Prowler Soho The UK’s leading gay sex shop. Open Mon – Wed 11am – 9.30pm, Thurs – Fri 11am – 10pm, 10am – 10.30pm, Sun 12pm – 8pm. 5 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1.
Pulse Huge super-club and event space, home of XXL. 1 Invicta Plaza, Blackfriars Bridge Road, SE1.
Regulation Large gay leather and rubber shop. 17A St Alban’s Place, London N1.
The Retro Bar Popular West End music pub. 2 St George’s Court, off the Strand, WC2.
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern London’s most iconic gay venue. 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11.
Rupert Street Busy bar with commercial house and dance beats. Open Mon – Wed 12pm – 11pm, Thurs – Sat 12pm – 11.45, Sun 12pm – 10.30pm. 50 Rupert Street, London W1D.
Sailors Gay and bisexual men’s sauna in East London. Entry is £17. Open Sun – Thurs 11am – 11pm, Fri – Sat 11pm – 8am. 570-574 Commercial Road, London E14.
Sweatbox Mega sauna and gym. Entry is £17 or free for members. Open Mon – Sun 24 hours. Ramillies House, 1-2 Ramillies Street, London W1F.
Ted’s Place West London’s only gay and transsexual club. 305 A Northend Road, Fulham W14 9NS.
The Two Brewers Glamorous cabaret bar and club with dancefloor. Open Sun – Thurs 5pm – 2am, Fri – Sat 5pm – 4am. 114 Clapham High Street, London SW4.
Union Vauxhall nightclub with various nights. 66 Albert Embankment, London SE1.
The Victoria Traditional British pub that is gay on Saturdays. 186 Hoe Street, London E17.
Village Soho Busy bar and club with drag DJs and hot go-gos. 81 Wardour Street, London W1D.
The White Swan East End gay dance bar with cabaret and DJs. Open Mon – Tues 5pm – 12am, Weds – Thurs 5pm – 2am, Fri 4pm – 4am, Sat 8pm – 5am. White Swan, Commercial Road, London E14.
The Yard Popular bar with beautiful courtyard and loft. Open Mon – Weds 4pm – 11.30pm, Thurs 3pm – 11.30pm, Fri – Sat 2pm – 12am, Sun 2pm – 10.30pm. 57 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D.