It’s really easy to just think that Soho has always been the gay mecca of central London, but in fact, Soho’s current guise is its second wave of popularity, stretching back from the Early 80s.
Back in history, gay and queer people had a period of time when they turned their back on Soho and central London, due to high rent rises and cheaper accommodation options over in West London, especially in the Earls court area during the 1950s until the late 1970s.
Some of those spaces are still there today, with Clone Zone Earls Court, Balans and of course Ted’s Place!
What looks like a traditional pub and car park from the outside, actually hosts a 450 capacity specialist live performance venue. Regularly hosting stars from Ru-Pauls drag race as well as special events throughout the week. Dj’s on rotation plus live special guests, West 5 boasts a list of A-list drag performers to be jealous of, with friendly and smiley staff with drinks offers daily. Always popular with the student and young queer scene of West London. Go check it out!
A small and perfectly formed, long-established Fulham hot spot. Hosting everything from T-girl events to more cruisey men-only events.
Always offering fantastic drinks offers as well as plenty of dark corners to get up to mischief in, popular with a wide range of guys always up for a horny time.
If you’re feeling frisky, it’s well worth a pop down to W14.
Clone Zone ( Earls Court )
Following a big refurb, it’s one of the few remaining gay venues in Earls Court still catering for a very strong and thriving gay community in West London.
Sprawling across two floors, carrying its theme from other stores, Clone Zone really is the one-stop gay mecca for everything from puppy play masks to flavoured lube, DVDs, Gay literature and of course the odd gay flag and rainbow mug. With also a large selection of fetishwear, gay sex toys, bondage, rubber and leather.
It’s definitely worth a stop if you’re in Earls Court.