London's LGBT scene is among the brightest and most fabulous in the world. Whether you're looking to learn about queer history by seeking out some LGBT landmarks, or maybe your queer quest is slightly more hedonistic and the vibrant LGBT clubs are your thing, there's more than enough to keep you busy. Of course, much of LGBT history is housed in our bars and clubs. And London, thank goodness, still has a diverse number of LGBT venues, even outside of Soho. So, whether you're after a drag brunch or just a quiet pint, here's a comprehensive list of the capital's gay and gay-friendly bars and pubs, including those predominantly for lesbians.
Now a decade old, landmark London club night Sink The Pink is looking back as well as forward. For next week’s Halloween party, the glitter-addicted party posse are returning to Limehouse venue the Troxy, home to many of their most transcendent events. But they’ve also invited one of 2018’s hottest new club nights to join them: Hungama, east London’s kaleidoscopic queer Bollywood hip hop party, will curate the venue’s second room.
‘Sink The Pink is a beautiful beacon of culture and cabaret, and it was a guiding light for me in seeing the potential of Hungama,’ says Ryan Lanji, who launched the night to create a new, super-inclusive space for LGBT+ South Asians and their friends. ‘So it’s humbling as well as exciting to be joining them for Halloween. They really want to help us grow. It’s almost like we get to be Sink The Pink’s “drag daughter”!’
STP’s Glyn Fussell calls Hungama ‘genius’ and says the night reminds him of their own gloriously raucous early days at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. ‘The best club nights come from a personal need and desire,’ he explains. ‘That’s daunting at the beginning because you do think: Will anyone care and want this? But when people start coming and acknowledging what you’re doing, it gives you such a “club semi”, and you’re off! I see that in Hungama: it’s gonna be a full-on club hard-on!’
With Sink The Pink and Hungama joining forces on one of the year’s biggest nights, the potential feels endless. ‘We’re going to bring a greater sense of diversity,’ says Lanji. ‘Sink The Pink’s audience really appreciates pop music and great performance, so it’s going to be fun introducing them to the worlds of Bollywood, electro, R&B and hip hop. This collaboration shows you can always add something new and exciting to a space that’s already full of chaos and anarchy and colour and community.’