Soho’s world-famous G-A-Y has everything you’d expect: cheap drink offers on weekdays, a young crowd and plenty of Dua Lipa playing on the video screens. It’s spread over three floors, with a dedicated girls’ room downstairs, and never seems to empty out. Most Londoners over the age of 25 profess to hate it, but they’ll still end up here a few times a year, drinking a WKD-based ‘cocktail’ and dancing to Lady Gaga. And fear not, because when this door closes, another opens at G-A-Y Late. Located around the corner at 5 Goslett Yard, it offers a similar experience, but with a later licence and even louder pop songs.
London's LGBTQ+ scene is among the brightest and most fabulous in the world. Whether you're looking to learn about queer history by seeking out some LGBTQ+ landmarks, or maybe your queer quest is slightly more hedonistic and the vibrant LGBTQ+ clubs are your thing, there's more than enough to keep you busy.
Of course, much of this city’s queer history is housed in our bars and clubs. And London, thank goodness, still has a diverse number of LGBTQ+ venues, even outside of Soho. So, whether you're after a drag brunch, a burlesque show or just a quiet pint, here's a comprehensive list of the capital's gay and queer-friendly bars and pubs, including those predominantly for lesbians.
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