Gay and Lesbian Bars in London

There's a huge choice of gay and lesbian bars in London, from relaxed drinking spots to lively DJ bars. 

Many of London's gay bars are clustered around Soho, the traditional centre of London's gay scene. You can also read our introduction to LGBT London

  • King William IV

    Gay Bar

    77 Hampstead High Street, Belsize Park, NW3 1RE [map]

    Yelp 3 out of 5 Based on 11 reviews

    One of London's oldest gay pubs, the King William IV in Hampstead has been a gay hangout since the 1930s.

  • Barcode Vauxhall

    Gay Bar

    Arch 69, Goding Street, SE11 5AW [map]

    Yelp 4 out of 5 Based on 5 reviews
  • The Black Cap

    Gay Bar

    171 Camden High St, Regent's Park, NW1 7JY [map]

    3 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 6 reviews

    Gay pub The Black Cap in Camden offers a packed schedule of entertainment, ranging from drag acts to DJs, karaoke and open stage nights.

  • Ku Bar

    Gay Bar

    30 Lisle Street, Chinatown Soho, WC2H 7BA [map]

    Yelp 4 out of 5 Based on 29 reviews

    Ku Bar is one of the largest gay bars in London and only a short distance from Leicester Square.

  • Ku Bar

    Gay Bar

    25 Frith Street, London Chinatown, W1D 5LB [map]

    Ku Bar is a great pre-club bar to kick start your night out!

  • Madame Jo Jos

    Gay Bar

    8-10 Brewer Street, St James, W1F 0SP [map]

    3 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 40 reviews

    Madame Jo Jos is a world-famous nightclub, situated in the heart of Soho.

  • Manbar

    Gay Bar

    79 Charing Cross Road, Leicester Square, WC2H 0NE [map]

    Manbar is a gay bar playing mainstream, commercial dance with London's best DJs doing residencies. Artworks by renowned artist Mikesbliss adorn the walls of the three-floor venue, and there's a free cloakroom and wifi.

  • Royal Vauxhall Tavern

    Gay Bar

    372 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5HY [map]

    4 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 5 reviews

    Renowned for its entertainment, from bingo to cabaret, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been pulling in the crowds for decades.

  • The Admiral Duncan

    Gay Bar

    54 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4UD [map]

    Admiral Duncan is a gay pub situated in the heart of Soho.

  • Comptons of Soho

    Gay Bar

    51-53 Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 6HN [map]

    Yelp 3 out of 5 Based on 12 reviews
  • The Duke of Wellington

    Gay Bar

    77 Wardour Steet, St James, W1D 6QA [map]

    Yelp 4 out of 5 Based on 22 reviews

    For a more laidback option, enjoy a pint at the Duke of Wellington, a traditional London pub that attracts a slightly older (30 plus) gay crowd.

  • The Edge

    Gay Bar

    11 Soho Square, W1D 3QE [map]

    Friendly Soho bar The Edge has three floors of music, so you can move up or downstairs depending on your mood.

  • The Escape

    Gay Bar

    10A Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 0SU [map]

    The Escape is a popular dance venue with a young, energetic crowd of mainly gay men.

  • Freedom

    Gay Bar

    National House, 60-66 Wardour Street, St James, W1F 0TA [map]

    Yelp 3 out of 5 Based on 20 reviews

    Described as the epicentre of London's gay social scene, Freedom not only plays host to a variety of art exhibitions, film premieres and after show parties, but also provides two bars: the ground floor which is popular during the day, and in the evenings, the basement bar which is buzzing with people.

  • G A Y Bar

    Gay Bar

    Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4UR [map]

    Yelp 3 out of 5 Based on 61 reviews

    An offshoot of the famous G-A-Y club night at Heaven, G-A-Y Bar is the perfect place to start your evening.

  • George & Dragon

    Gay Bar

    2-4 Hackney Road, London, E2 7NS [map]

    5 TripAdvisor traveller rating
    Based on 1 review.

    Head to Shoreditch and join the trendy, mixed crowd at the George & Dragon.

  • The Green

    Gay Bar

    74A Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NY [map]

    Sister bar to The Edge, The Green brings a taste of Soho to Upper Street in Islington, which is lined with restaurants and bars.

  • The Quebec

    Gay Bar

    12 Old Quebec Street, Marylebone, W1H 7AF [map]

    Yelp 3 out of 5 Based on 15 reviews
  • The Retro Bar

    Gay Bar

    2 George Court, Charing Cross, WC2N 6HH [map]

    Yelp 3 out of 5 Based on 23 reviews
  • Rupert Street

    Gay Bar

    50 Rupert Street, W1D 6DR [map]