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15 years of love from Ku, this Valentines Day

We all know and love the Ku brand, with packed sites across the capital. This Valentines Day there’s a very special anniversary.
Ku Bar Lisle Street turns 15th and we chat to Gary Henshaw all about his Valentine’s Day opening of Ku Lisle Street, back in 2007!
Here’s what he had to say…

GH -“The Ku brand was born in 1995 on Charing Cross Road, in a small venue that was very well known as “my first gay bar”. Twelve years later it relocated and on Valentines Day 2007 opened on Lisle Street now known as Ku Leicester, our flagship venue.  This week we celebrate 15 years at Lisle Street, the last two years have certainly been the most challenging. As we now begin to leave COVID, along with its lockdowns & restrictions behind, Ku emerges stronger than ever”.

“One of my most memorable moments is the day of the opening when I showed my Irish parents around the venue. They were blown away, with my father actually saying “This will be the making of you Gary” it was a very significant moment to me and they thoroughly enjoyed the opening night which went way beyond my wildest expectations. All the more poignant as I recently lost my mum and dad is now in a nursing home”.

“Of course, Ku is not just about me. It is a community-driven space run by an enthusiastic young team of dedicated staff. From managers, hosts, DJ’s, performers and even our contractors and Security”.

“All those who have and do work there, add their magic. It is a multicultural, diverse safe space for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. I would like to thank everyone who supports Ku, from the visiting tourists, the once in a while customers to the dedicated regulars, you are what make us the iconic venue we are.”

Thank you, 
Gary Henshaw
Owner, Ku Group


KU Bar Lisle Street is located at 30 Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA. www.ku-bar.co.uk

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