With spring FINALLY on our doorstep we’ve constructed a list of the best gay and gay-friendly bars across London. We’ve got your North/South/East/West covered.
To take a look at all the bars in a super snazzy interactive map click here.
Just so you know, the colours of the tabs have absolutely no relevance to what we think of the bar. We just enjoyed using the different options available. Life, as we know, is all about variety.
Red = Central
Pink = North
Yellow = South
White = East
Blue = West
If there are any hot spots you think we’ve missed out PLEASE let us know.
In this post we’re focussing on t’up North.
171 Camden High St, NW1 7JY
Tube: Camden Town
The Black Cap has been serving the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual community, as well as their “very welcome Straight friends” for around fifty years or so. It’s earned the title of the longest serving entertainment venue of drag in the United Kingdom, and most nights are filled with varying forms of entertainment such as cabarets and DJ’s.
The venue is divided between two floors, with a picturesque roof garden to boot. The upstairs Shufflewick Bar is open from midday and serves food from a rather extensive menu daily until late. The downstairs club bar is open from Wednesday to Sunday. This is where the party starts and eventually ends in the early hours of the morning.
37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, N1 9SD
Tube: Kings Cross St Pancras
This gay pub is spread over three floors, and tends to feature male strippers, cabaret and clubbing. As Time Out so eloquently put it, “name your fetish, they’ve probably got a club night for it”.
Remember to try something from their delicious menu. The kitchen’s open Monday to Friday between 12pm – 3pm, and 6pm – 9pm. On Saturday’s you can enjoy an evening meal between 6pm – 9pm.
Events for this month:
DRAG WITH NO NAME
Free entry before 10:30pm
Free entry before 10:30pm
29a Penton St, N1 9PX
This isn’t strictly a gay bar, and this rather intimate venue has a capacity of 280 with a large, newly redecorated ground floor bar with designated covered smoking area. On the first floor you’ll find the Venetian Chandelier Bar and a spacious heated and enclosed roof terrace, with a second covered smoking area.
Established in 1999, The Chapel Bar has really developed itself by hosting high profile corporate events, media launches, wedding receptions, live gigs, clubbing events and private parties. Have a look. If you don’t like it, blame us.
77 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1RE
This traditional gay pub has gone and got itself a facelift, and how mighty fine it looks too. King William IV, now KW4, has been at the heart of Hampstead village for over 200 years. The Willie, as it’s affectionately referred to by the locals, has flourished into a Mecca for anyone looking for a quick drink and a bite to eat or spending the evening with your friends. Every Wednesday there’s a pub quiz. Winning.
Food includes a 100% ‘King’ burger, 10oz rib eye steak, Pork Belly and Peeled King Prawns cooked with Aubergine.
Find out all about ticket prices and what #Drag recommends here
Drinks we’re looking forward to tasting this spring/summer
Pimms – we haven’t seen this delightful concotion for MONTHS. It’ll soon be tennis and beer garden season, and we literally can’t wait to get our hands on some.
Sangria – the Spanish cousin of our dear friend, Pimms. Possibly stronger, though we’re not sure. We’re more than happy to find out for you and report back.
Kopparberg Mixed Berry – a lovely, fruity cider which has been gaining popularity over the last few years. Serve with lots of ice.
Rose Moet – oh why the hell not? There’s a royal baby on the way so best prepare yourself with lots of the pink bubbly stuff.
Some things to know about north London
It’s home to two football teams – Arsenal and Tottenham. We don’t know too much about football, but we do know that these two have a serious rivalry going on.
As of 2012, on average it cost £291 a week to live in a two bedroom flat. Wow.
North London Boroughs = Barnet, Enfield, Haringey
Tottenham is mentioned in the Domesday book as the homestead of a man named Tota. There’s a fun fact for you.
Another lovely fact: The 2011 England riots were sparked in Tottenham…
It’s home to Wembley!
Tube lines = Metropolitan line (purple), Jubilee Line (silver), Bakerloo line (brown), Northern line (black), Piccadilly line (dark blue) and the Victoria line (light blue)
Trains = Kings Cross, Euston, Liverpool Street, Tottenham Hale station.
It’s got Camden, and that’s pretty good. It also has the Camden Arts Centre and Brick Lane.