The local guide to London's best LGBT spots

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95 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB, UK
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Don't be fooled by this sourdough pizza revolution. Voodoo Ray's is the best pizza in London. So grab a slice NYC style and start instagraming.
Blake, 38 Copywriter
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Voodoo Ray's
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372 Kennington Ln, Lambeth, London SE11 5HY, UK
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When it comes to gay nightlife, this place really is the original and the best. From its Monday bingo nights to some of London's longest-running gay club nights, this place is an institution. Plus check out Fire just across the road for heavy techno clubbing.
Chris, 27 Comedy, languages, travel and politics nerd
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Royal Vauxhall Tavern
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Popes Ln, London W5 4NT, UK
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Drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race regularly do meet-and-greets and performances here, and you'll need tickets to attend. This bar is relatively far to of the centre and in a residential area, but worth travelling for if your favourite queen is playing!
Kaz, 29 Features Writer
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West Five Bar
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81 Wardour St, Soho, London W1D 6QD, UK
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If you are out in Soho this is a spot to check out. Always full, always fun, and always boozy!
Katya, 30 Digital Marketing Consultant
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Village
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66 Marchmont St, Kings Cross, London WC1N 1AB, UK
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This place has been the only LGBT book store in London for decades, and was the site of many major queer history events, including the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners story featured in the film Pride.
Emily, 32 Charity Worker & Queer Feminist
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Gay's The Word
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29 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7ES, UK
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I know, I know, Hammersmith seems far out of the centre, but the Lyric Theatre is worth the trip, and it's surrounded by eateries, and has a lovely bar and restaurant inside, so you can make an evening of it. The theatre consistently commissions and host amazing productions, many of them with an LGBT or anti-racist lens.
Emily, 32 Charity Worker & Queer Feminist
Cool Cousin London
Lyric Theatre
483 Hackney Rd, London, United Kingdom
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A couple of years ago, all the venues that had once made Hackney Road the alternative gay centre of London shut their doors. Fortunately for us, where a window closes, a door opens, and so it is that the owners of fabled gay bar The George & Dragon have re-opened further down the road. If in the old days the George was a preamble for the (also now deceased) Joiners, The Queen Adelaide is now where people get their party started before heading down to Metropolis on a Friday or a Saturday: the club is conveniently 50 meters away from the bar. They also have a club downstairs, and the parties are wild!
Maurizio, 33 TV & Film Producer
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The Queen Adelaide
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117 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB, United Kingdom
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My favourite gay bar in London! I've been going there since 2009 and I've never had a bad night there. It can get a bit hot and packed in there but it somehow adds to the charm.
Max, 29 Digital & Tech Consultant
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Dalston Superstore
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8as, 281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS, United Kingdom
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After the closure of a number of iconic East London gay venues, a new era of gay nightlife seems to be downing on us. The Glory was created by one of London's coolest Drag Queens, Johnny Woo, and it caters for all the cool kids. They put on some amazingly weird nights, such as the Lip Sync heath, which sees queens battling for a top £1,000 prize over weeks of many a tear.
Maurizio, 33 TV & Film Producer
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The Glory
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234 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9NN, United Kingdom
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Over the years, this camp strip club was finally found by the partying masses. Finally, the creators of fabled East London gay night Sink the Pink created a party called Savage, on every Friday and Saturday. It all started slowly, but now this has become the point of reference for every East London gay man (and their respective fag hags). There are poles, there's a glittery car, and the third floor boasts of a sand floor, four-poster beds and cow hide. What's not to like?!
Maurizio, 33 TV & Film Producer
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Metropolis
17 Miles St, London SW8 1RZ, UK
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A tiny little theatre housed in a railway arch near Vauxhall Station. This theatre focuses primarily on performing LGBT+ themed theatre (and does it very very well!). They're currently running a production of Holding the Man, by Timothy Conigrave, which is absolutely unbelievable, so if you've got a free night, I'd recommend giving this a look.
William, 31 Flight Attendant
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Above The Stag Theatre
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60-62 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UG, UK
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In the heart of Soho! Quirky, see-and-be-seen all-day and late-night restaurant/bar. A charming velvet pocket of a burlesque boudoir brasserie & a bit of provocative art. The place is decorated in a old fashioned style, with street light style lamps running down the middle of the restaurant. A before or after party place to enjoy some good food and yummy drinks! With a bunch of friends or a special someone... Also stop of at their sister site further down the street, for a nice glass of wine, watching the world go by.
Elsa, 30 Travel Agent
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Balans Soho Society - Soho
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