Queen's Jubilee parties
Whatever you think of the Queen, her Jubilee weekend is a great opportunity for a party.
In case it escaped your notice, this weekend marks the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Never ones to miss a trick, London's lesbian and gay club promoters are throwing some Jubilee-themed parties: believe us, never has the word 'queen' been more over-used in press releases. There are events for boys, girls, self-declared trannies and those who don't believe in traditional ideas like gender - or the monarchy.
Thursday May 31
David Hoyle's Pandregina
There's always one… Bucking the trend for slavish devotion to all things regal, acerbic performance artist David Hoyle presents Pandregina - a programme of 'entertainment' for the post-political, pre-apocalyptic age. Hoyle promises to take the concept of gender beyond all previous definitions, combining trans consciousness with cheap camp laughs, a fully licensed bar and toilet activities. Plus guests Ryan Styles and Eve Ferrett.
RVT, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY (www.rvt.org.uk). Vauxhall tube/rail. 7pm-midnight. £10.
Saturday June 2
Carpet Burn's Diamondique Jubilee
Carpet Burn throws a Diamond Jubilee party for those who can't afford real diamonds. Expect plenty of bunting, fake tiaras, paper crowns, face paint, jelly and icecream. Plus DJs Martyn Fitzgerald and Simon Kilner play '80s dance, Italo, pop and Hi-NRG.
Eagle London, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY (7793 0903/www.eaglelondon.com). Vauxhall tube/rail. 9pm-4am. Free before 10pm, then £5.
The Men Who Fell 2 Earth Jubilee Landing
Jubilee edition of the queer clubbing encounter from the Rebel Rebel boys, with a diamond line-up of DJs including Jim Stanton, Shake Yer Dix, Bother and Kat & Mouse, who'll be playing punk-funk, dirty disco and remixed rock 'n' roll.
East Bloc, 217 City Rd, EC1V 1JN (www.tinyurl.com/ menwhofell2earth). Old St tube/rail. 10.30pm-6am; £8, £5 conc.
Sunday June 3
Gay Bingo Trans-Jub-Olympic Special
Gay Bingo is back with a tribute to all things British, starring tranny superstar Jonny Woo, Ma Butcher and John Sizzle. Expect a right royal cockney knees-up with a few rousing choruses of 'Jerusalem' and a visit from some rock royalty. This alt.drag, performance art, gameshow party is always rammed, so get your tickets quickly!
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE (7478 0100/www.sohotheatre.com). Tottenham Court Rd tube. 6.30pm.
100% Babe Brit Girl Diamond
The popular women's party night gets into the Jubilee spirit. Chicks with discs spin '80s, '90s, noughties, house, R&B and pop for gay girls and their male guests. Plus there'll be Jubilee surprises.
The Roxy, 3 Rathbone Place, W1P 1DA (text 07956 514574/www.wegottickets.com). Tottenham Court Rd tube. 8.30pm-3am. £6 before 11pm, then £8.
Dick & Fanny presents Pet Shop Bears
A Jubilee outing of the mixed night for homosexuals of all persuasions. DJs include Dan Beaumont, Justin Case & Open Mike (aka The Pet Shop Bears), Sudha, Pep Sanchez, Sandra Le and The Duchess of Pork, who'll be playing classic house, italo, disco and pop tunes for lesbians, gays, trannies and their admirers.
Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB (www.facebook.com/ dickandfanny). Old St tube/rail. 9pm-4am. £5.
Horse Meat Disco Diamond Drag Jubilee
The Horse Meat boys throw a diamond-studded drag ball. Hosted by Filthy Luka with DJs Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Severino and special guests Nita Aviance and Will Automatic. Drag is strongly encouraged and rewarded with free entry. The ball is open to all and trophies will be awarded in the following categories - Queen for a Day, Best of Britique and Miss Commonwealth 2012 Garden Party Realness. Not so much a vogue ball, more a rogue ball. Send them an email via the below address to register.
Eagle London (see above; firstname.lastname@example.org). 8pm-3am. £10.
Lounge - A Right Royal Knees Up
The night of sophisticated tomfoolery for metrosexual women presents
a right royal knees up of 'jubilympic' proportions. Expect bunting, bubbly and the opportunity to dance your socks off, flirt with the girls and have a grand old time courtesy of the biggest Queen in the land. Free shots, nibbles, and complimentary bottles of bubbly to birthday girls who pre-book tables.
The Penthouse, 1 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA (7734 0900/www.lounge.uk.net). Leicester
Square tube. 9pm-2am; £5 before 10pm,then £8.
Monday June 4
SLAGS/Chillout Bank Holiday Special
Bank holiday edition of the Sunday institution with extended opening hours and DJs Simon Le Vans, Andy Almighty and Sean Sirrs playing big, commercial dance anthems. Plus live song and witty Jubilee-themed banter from the DE Experience, live on stage at 5.30pm.
The RVT (see above). 2pm-2am. £8 (£5 after 9pm).