Hold on to your ruby slippers, Dorothy, because it’s time for the wicked bars of the west (of London).
25 Tryon St, SW3 3LG
Tube: Sloane Square
The Queen’s Head looks and feels lovely. It’s more of a traditional establishment and will suit those who long for the olden days. Visit if you can,seeing and enjoying something like this is a bit of a unique thing in Chelsea. Furnished and decorated with a hardwood floor, dark timber and heavy patterned wallpaper we could sit in here and enjoy a pint all day. This isn’t an overtly gay pub, but it’s certainly friendly. There are a couple of real ales available and the Queens is Cask Marque accredited.
20 The Square, Surrey, TW9 1DZA
We say if you’re out and about in Richmond this gay pub is definitely worth a quick visit. It’s quaint and relatively quiet. It’s a really gay-friendly pub that attracts a slightly older crowd in the early evening and a younger mixed lot, including straight visitors, later on. There’s a great atmosphere and generally occupied by rather accommodating locals very willing to engage with new visitors. Unfortunately this place isn’t exactly cheap. That said, the staff are quick and efficient. On weekends expect a DJ from 9pm onwards who takes requests and caters for all sorts of tastes.
16 Bressenden Place, SW1E 5DD
Located down a backstreet near Victoria the Stag is pretty popular with gay civil servants. Who doesn’t like a man in a suit? For some reason we couldn’t find much more info on the venue, but don’t let that deter you from trying it out.
305a North End Road, W14 9NS
Tube: West Kensington
We like this place, though it might be a little dark for some. It’s a downstairs bar (in a basement) accessed by windy stairs. Sunday and Thursday nights are specifically trannie, and Wednesday is underwear night. For some reason we can’t quite make out why it’s closed on Saturday’s. It’s been run by Ted for the last 20 years. With cheap entry and cheap drinks, it’s certainly pulling in the crowds. We recommend getting yourself a drink, not being shy, and putting yourself out there. As with many establishments like Ted’s, you’re more than likely going to get hit on, but surely that’s part of the fun? There’s a great time to be had, and the bar staff are definitely there to be talked to.
TV/TS Nights – This is one of London’s longest running club nights for transexuals, transvestites and their friends.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday & Friday 7:00pm-12:00
Sunday -7:00pm-2:00pm (CHILL OUT Mixed/Gay crowd, £3.00 before 10pm £5.00 after)
Popes Lane, W5 4NB
Tube: South Ealing
A gay/mixed bar. We like their website – simple, informative and interactive. We suggest taking a look at their Facebook group to get more information about them. Take a look here. They have a lounge, dance floor, piano area and bar, and regularly offer karaoke. The staff are pretty darn friendly too.
Beer is usually £2.00 a bottle, with wine going up to £13.00 a bottle. There’s also a great cocktail list available. Jager bombs are sold for about £2.50 when we last checked which we reckon is a pretty good deal.
You can also find out what’s goin’ awwwwwwn here.
Monday – Gossip
Tuesdays – Chillax
Wednesdays – Cookies Karaoke starts March 27th
Thursdays – Fresh
Fridays – Delicious with DJ Chris and Cabaret
Saturdays – Club Climax with DJ Shaun and Cabaret and Lee in the Piano Lounge
Sunday – 7-9pm Bingo with Martha followed by Disco-oke with Vanilla Lush and Vicki London
Doors open at 8pm Monday to Saturday and 6pm Sundays
Some places we unfortunately didn’t get to visit but still want to go!
The Windsor Castle – one of west London’s friendliest and most welcoming gay pubs, offering live cabaret, go-go boys, big money, themed parties and awesome entertainment. Open 7 nights a week.
The Marquis of Lorne
As always, our interactive map can be located right here.
Some gay-friendly hotels in the west
Some fun facts about the areas we’ve mentioned
West Kensington is found on the western edge of Central London, commonly referred to as being found within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
If you don’t want to use the tubes we’ve mentioned, you can always try one of these:
Earl’s Court (Exhibition Entrance)
High Street Kensington