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East London Venue Directory

East London plays host to some of London’s most eclectic LGBTQ+ venues. From the cool community cafe bar, art space of Dalston Superstore to the steamy Sailors Sauna. Forget the Beast from the East, more like the beats from the East. 

Venues serving cabaret and dancing debauchery since the ’90s with the Ship Inn and the Famous White Swan, East London has been serving it since we can all remember. What used to be a pretty underground gritty glamorous scene, has become an uber-popular destination where the cool kids go. 

Like all our areas in London, East London had its challenges with redevelopment and losing queers spaces, to the exciting recent opening of new places like The Glory and Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Queen Adelaide and Vogue Fabrics already making their indelible mark on the UK gay scene, never mind just the East End.

Its been the home of grassroots talent from all walks of life, from the glorious Bimini Bom Boulash, Tayce and Crystal of Ru Pauls Drag race fame to London’s alternative queer scene, and underground creative folk, a diverse mix of music, fashion, and disco dancing debauchery.

The Old Ship

Hetro-Friendly, Old school gay pub on the edge of Limehouse. Open 7 days a week with a warm and welcoming vibe. Real ales and drinks offer daily, plus regular entertainment most nights, with exceptional cabaret and DJ’s throughout the week. Perfect for an after-work midweek drink or party time at the weekend. 

Adam’s Bar

Dalston locals might be familiar with the cafe Snackbar and its Insta-friendly sandwiches, but, as of early September, a pop-up LGBTQ+ bar will be taking up residence in the venue during the hours of 5.30pm and 11pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The eponymous figure behind the venture is Adam Caddy, who has worked at iconic addresses across the capital, including Brasserie Zedel, Annabel’s and Quo Vadis. Motivated by the loss of queer venues in London over the past decade, he is hoping to create a relaxed place to catch up with friends or act as a starting point for a big night out on Kingsland Road. Booze is sourced from local suppliers, including Two Tribes Brewery and East London Liquor Company, while artwork from fashion designer Samson Dougall adorns the walls and is available for purchase. Although it’s only planned to be open until early December, we recommend wrapping up warm and taking a seat out in the garden decorated with festoon lights.

Address: 20 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ
Website: www.adams-bar.co.uk

The White Swan 

One of the most famous bars in East London, The White Swan is a busy East end boozer and club, with spaces that cater for drinkers and dancers. From excellent cabaret shows throughout the week to independent clubs on a weekend, with something for everyone. 

Situated not far from the Troxy you may often see a Rup Pauls drag race star visiting after their shows. Enjoy drinks offers and friendly welcoming staff every day of the week.

The Glory 

The Glory is East London’s famous gay bar, drag hothouse, LGBTQ+ performance venue, nightclub and curators of major events and festivals. 

Proudly owned by iconic London drag queens Jonny Woo and John Sizzle, plus legendary party-starter Colin Rothbart. 

Many of their staff are influential East London creatives, and their regulars are like family. Head to the Glory for drinks, buy a ticket to a show, go for a dance in our basement club at the weekend, and help them celebrate nearly 6 glorious years!

Bunker Bar 

If it’s dark corners and something a bit more raunchy Bunker Bar is the place for you. Hosting a number of events along the more racey theme it’s one of The capital’s premier cruise clubs. With Various zones and areas to play in. Plus a brand new recently refurbished bar area plus more! Check their website for all the most up-to-date event information.

Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club 

Historic club hosting a huge range of live music, comedy, burlesque and art performances. With daily entertainment from some of London’s Top drag families as well as regular DJs and other special events, it’s a fantastic place to enjoy drinks, cabaret and all the dancing. 

Available to visit or to hire out for your own event too. A friendly and warm welcome is guaranteed for each visit, it’s a place you’ll always come back to. 

Dalston Superstore

Dalston Superstore is one of East London’s premier pleasure palace. Functioning in equal parts as thriving queer club, cabaret spot, cafe, gallery and community space. The venue proudly caters to London’s diverse LGBTQI+ community, famous for its club, drag shows and legendary drag brunch, if you’re in East London it’s well worth a look. 

Vogue Fabrics 

An originator and incubator of queer arts and entertainment in Dalston, VFD has hosted, promoted and nurtured emerging and superstar LGBTQI performers, acts and nights.

VFD supports:  Queer cultural endeavours, Social revolution through partying, Sweaty disco dancing, The local and worldwide Queer community     

VFD is a basement of dreams. An art space, A hub of queer London with the very best in music, performance and mayhem.

The Backstreet 

The Backstreet is a world-famous bar for gay men who are into leather or rubber. Based in Mile End, London E3, the Backstreet has a long history going back to 1985. Home to the very best of rubber and leather nights and of course the very popular Brew Hunters Mastery. 

Sailors Sauna 

East Londons Biggest and most famous gay sauna space, a large venue with areas for everyone from spa, saunas and steam, numerous private cabins and tv rooms, Plus an array of fantastic theme events from Big and Cuddly with a whole buffet put on, to Latino Thursdays and even a Sunday roast served on a Sunday. Excellent entry prices all week long. Very friendly and welcoming vibe and exceptionally clean and freshly decorated throughout the year. Don’t forget to check out the private sun terrace in the summer months. 

E15 Sauna 

Set in the East End of London, it’s easily accessible by the Central or Jubilee Line Tube, DLR, National Express Train or the 257 or 69 bus. With a diverse clientele ranging from all ages and races, the E15 Club is the perfect place to relax and chill out before, after or even on a day off from work. 

The Club is usually open 7 days a week As you enter the premises, you are greeted by friendly staff who are more than happy to give you a quick tour of the club. With a coffee bar, changing area, leather sofa’s terrestrial TV lounge, steam room, power showers, large dry sauna, infra-red saunas, toilets and a garden for all smokers – or, if you just want to catch a breath of fresh air, plus the all-important private cabins. 

With regularly run promotions and themed nights like  Bears Day. They also have a loyalty scheme that is easy to join. Become a loyalty member and pay for 9 visits and get your 10th visit absolutely free.

The William Morris Bar

Named after the Walthamstow local famous for his involvement in the Arts and Crafts movement, The William Morris Bar is a neighbourhood gay pub for the residents of E17, but the vast and varied range of events happening throughout the week means that it’s well worth anybody making the journey to the end of the Victoria Line. This ranges from karaoke and bingo to live music and life drawing, but you can also book out the venue if you’ve got a big party or a wedding planned.

Address: 807-811 Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JD
Email: pixiepresents@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 020 8527 1712

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