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 south London

  • Barcode Vauxhall

    Arch 69, Goding Street, SE11 4AD

    Vauxhall’s newest and smartest gay bar boasts sleek pink design and air-conditioning – a luxury for Vauxhall. With its giant BC logo, the front entrance is quite something to...
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  • Eagle London

    349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY

    What was once a friendly local known as South Central, much loved by the bears brigade, is now a cruise club in the world-famous Eagle tradition. Themed nights include gay...
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  • Fort

    131 Grange Road, SE1 3AL

    Billed as ‘the bar no one admits they visit’. You can say that again. The Fort, an underground cruise bar, is the height – or nadir – of sleaziness and debauchery. Be careful when you...
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  • George & Dragon

    2 Blackheath Hill, SE10 8DE

    Not to be confused with the George & Dragon in Shoreditch, which is known for its shabby chic, this place is just plain shabby. Though located in Greenwich, it has...
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  • Hoist

    Arches 47B & 47C South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RH

    A popular men’s dress-code bar: leather, rubber, uniform and so on. Doormen enforce the dress code, so don’t think you can get away with half measures – your suede jacket...
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  • Kazbar

    50 Clapham High St, SW4 7UL

    Part of the Kudos bar chain, this venue brings a touch of Soho to south London. Refurbished with wraparound glass windows, it’s a lot lighter than it used to be, and slick, if...
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  • Little Apple

    98 Kennington Lane, SE11 4XD

    Hidden off the main drag in leafy Kennington, the Little Apple is a cosy, if shabby, local pub. There’s something slightly shambolic about the whole operation, from the dowdy decor to the sprinkling of local drunks eager to engage in banter. But bar staff are friendly and it’s a good place to...

  • Rose & Crown

    1 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER

    Leafy and genteel Greenwich seems worlds away from London, and so does this elegant Victorian pub. In fact, you feel as if you’ve walked into a very civilised pub in Bath. The decor is tall, dark and handsome: high ceilings, a sturdy oak bar and tables, with period details such as etched glass,...

  • The RVT

    372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

    The venue formerly known as the Royal Vauxhall Tavern is a shabby gay legend. Having survived the Blitz and attempts to bulldoze the place to make way for a shopping centre, the...
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  • SW9

    11 Dorrell Place, SW9 8EG

    After the closure of legendary gay superclub the Fridge and the seedy Substation, SW9 is the last gay(ish) stronghold in Brixton. Though hidden down a back alley, this gay-friendly café-bar is...
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  • Two Brewers

    114 Clapham High St, SW4 7UJ

    Though affectionately nicknamed the ‘Two Sewers’, this long-established gay pub and club is the opposite of grotty. Indeed, it has had more facelifts than Joan Rivers. Like her, it...
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  • Vauxhall Griffin

    8 Wyvil Rd, SW8 2TH

    A bit like gay people who take pride in passing for straight, the Griffin is a ‘straight’ pub that’s very gay-friendly. If the other Vauxhall venues are too in-your-face gay, then this comfortable...
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