London has an abundance of gay bars and queer clubs, but where’s the best place to party with drag queens and kings? We round up the best drag club nights and shows taking place across the city.
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The best drag nights in London
Lipsync 1000 is an annual lip-syncing competition that brings together new drag queen talent from across London. This year’s entries include hula-hooping and tap-dancing routines, and a queen swiping left and right on a giant Tinder screen. Get there early: there have been queues even to get into the heats. It’s followed by drag king competition Man Up which starts in the first week of May.
The Family Fierce are to the north London cabaret scene what Sink the Pink are to east London nightlife. A diverse drag collective featuring biologically female queen Lolo Brow, bearded queen Maxi More and punk princess Ruby Wednesday, they host a raucous weekly cabaret extravaganza featuring live performances and audience lipsync battles.
Discover gay Soho
Soho is home of London's main gay scene and remains most visitors' first port of call, whether for drag nights or mingling. It's centred around Old Compton Street, where you can take in a singalong at the Green Carnation nightclub or down louche cocktails at bars like Shadow Lounge. Let Time Out give you the lowdown on gay Soho.