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 LGBT scene. However, the range of gay bars and clubs in London doesn't stop in Soho and there are also gay and lesbian bars and clubs situated in areas such as Vauxhall and Dalston.

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The Admiral Duncan

Situated in Soho, the famous Admiral Duncan is a great place to grab a drink and catch up with friends. One of the oldest gay pubs in London, and named after an admiral who defeated the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797, the pub hosts popular music nights every Saturday.

Dalston Superstore

A cafe by day, club by night, Dalston Superstore is a vibrant and trendy hub for gay, and straight, party people situated in one of East London's best clubbing hotspots. Enjoy an extensive cocktail list and avant-garde décor, and feel free to purchase some of the for-sale art on the wall.


Set beneath a railway arch in Vauxhall, South London, this industrial-style venue at Fire hosts some of the biggest and best gay nights in London. With a sound system that will rattle your bones, a laser light show and some of the capital's top DJs, these nights never fail to disappoint.


Freedom is a bar and club located in Central Soho, the hub of London's gay scene. The downstairs club has more than 200 mirrorballs and a number of dance poles, perfect for the regular live events hosted there. Alternatively, relax upstairs in the trendy bar with a glass of champagne or a cocktail.

G-A-Y Bar

An offshoot of the legendary G-A-Y club night at Heaven, G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street in Soho hosts regular live music and DJ nights. If you want to stay out late, G-A-Y Late is just around the corner and stays open into the early hours.

She Soho

Also in Soho is She Soho, a ladies bar primarily, although gentlemen are welcome with female guests. A standalone bar for the lesbian community, this is a great place during the week to hang out with girlfriends; but, as the weekend approaches, expect live comedy, live music, and DJs.


With three floors, a great sound system and light shows in the main room, Heaven is a club for people who really want to party. Look out for cheap student nights and the flagship Heaven Saturdays G-A-Y night, plus regular live music events.

Retro Bar

Head down to one of gay London's secret gems and enjoy a small mixed indie bar with plenty of vibrant personality. Set aside in a little alleyway near Charing Cross, the Retro Bar's music is eclectic and the décor features photos of many iconic rock and pop figures.

Ku Bar

One of the largest gay bars in London and only a short distance from Leicester Square, Ku Bar is spread over three floors and has a capacity of more than 500. Enjoy its exclusive champagne bar and regular DJ club nights.

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Head down to South London's oldest surviving gay venue and enjoy regular club nights and a vibrant atmosphere. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is housed in a Grade-II listed building, the first to be listed in recognition of its importance to the LGBT community.

Shadow Lounge

The upmarket Shadow Lounge, London's first gay cocktail lounge, is located in the middle of Soho. The Shadow Lounge is a members-only bar, but if you can't afford the £350 membership fee you can still visit by registering on the guest list in advance. Enjoy chilled music, regular nights and an extensive cocktail menu.