Alim Kheraj, author of ‘Queer London: A Guide to the City's LGBTQ+ Past and Present’, has spent the year digging into the capital’s queer landscape. He’s looked into the bars, shops, events, charities and clubs that make London’s LGBTQ+ scene what it is now and has even asked how we got here too. Who better, then, to give us a guide to places of queer cultural significance in London? This is his rundown of the venues that are at the core of London’s LGBTQ+ culture and the landmarks that can tell us some of our city’s most important history.
Ten LGBTQ+ spots to visit in London
Get to know the city's queer landscape by heading on a tour of these landmarks and venues
Admiral Duncan Memorial
In 1999, a nail bomb attack at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho killed three people – Andrea Dykes, Nik Moore and John Light – and injured dozens more. In St Anne’s Gardens, there is the Admiral Duncan Memorial Bench and three trees planted in their memory.
With one shop in Soho and another in Earl’s Court, CloneZone has been serving the LGBTQ+ community since 1982, specialising in everything from underwear to adult toys. The west London branch also has basement specifically for fetish gear.
The WayOut Club
The oldest trans night in London, this weekly event launched in 1993 and has built a real community around it. Open until 3am and playing mostly pop hits all night, there’s usually also a performance from a drag act or trans singer.
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