Gay bars in London

Discover the best gay-friendly bars and pubs in London

London's gay scene is bigger and more diverse than anywhere in the world. Here's a comprehensive list of the capital's gay and gay-friendly bars and pubs, including those predominantly for lesbians.

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Gay bars in north London

  • The Black Cap

    171 Camden High St, NW1 7JY

    This north London institution is famous for its drag shows, and was once second home to Lily Savage and the late Regina Fong, who performed here for 17 years. Once known...
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  • Central Station

    37 Wharfdale Road, King's Cross, N1 9SD

    A gay pub spread over three floors, with male strippers, cabaret, and clubbing and cruising in the basement bar. Name your fetish, they’ve probably got a club night for it...
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  • Chapel Bar

    29a Penton St, N1 9PX

    Done up with ecclesiastical decorative touches, this hip DJ bar has plenty of disciples: gays, lesbians and strays alike. It’s not officially gay, but the recent revamp – complete with chandeliers...
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  • KW4 (King William IV)

    77 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1RE

    This traditional gay local has had a bit of a facelift and, rather like the RVT, or Royal Vauxhall Tavern, has shortened its name to the hipper-sounding KW4. Name change...
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  • Oak Bar

    79 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 9BU

    A mixed gay local on the western edge of Stoke Newington, the Oak plays host to club nights aimed predominantly at women and attracting all ages and races. Of the mixed
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  • Play Pit

    357 Caledonian Rd, N7 9DQ

    Inspired by San Francisco’s famous sex clubs like Folsom Prison and Blow Buddies, Play Pit is a North London sleaze pit where no fantasy is too wild. Sunday afternoons are called Glory...
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