LGBTQ+ Bars and Clubs in London
Bright, bold and brimming with some of the funnest nights out in London, this city's queer scene grows bigger and better every year. From the raucous super clubs of Soho and East London, to the quirky hidden gems scattered in between, we've rounded up the best LGBTQ+ bars and clubs in London so you know where to get your fill of excellent DJs, fabulous drag nights and some of the most inclusive clubbing experiences in the capital.
A sparkling nightlife spot right by the river, Embankment's Circa is quickly becoming one of London's best gay clubs. Open until 4am every Friday and Saturday nights, it's got the kind of sleek style perfect for a celebratory night out, and some of the best DJs in town.
A gay bar in Soho that should need no introduction, Village has been part of the area's queer heart since the early 90s. A cocktail bar and club complete with go-go dancers and the cheesiest tunes in town, Village also know how to take it easy with a relaxed outdoor area perfect for a few cocktails in the sun.
A warm and welcoming events venue and community hub in the heart of Farringdon, The Apple Tree is a lovely spot to find yourself whether you're in the market for some delicious vegan eats, or a serious night out with its mix of open mic nights, cabaret and drag shows and a monthly queer clothes swap.
One for the real party animals, Metropolis is one of East London's biggest and best LGBTQ+ clubs. A short stumble from Bethnal Green's bars and pubs, you're in for a treat at this fun palace as they lay on excellent DJs, cabaret nights, hot tubs, beach rooms and a basement bar complete with stripper poles.
Dalston Superstore's weird and wonderful little sister, The Karaoke Hole is your go-to if you're looking for a night out that doesn't take itself too seriously. With some of the city's most outrageous drag stars on hand to keep that energy high, it's the ultimate place to neck some cocktails and sing your heart out.
Arguably the most famous gay club in London, Heaven has got something for everyone. Its stage has played host to some real big hitters, from Kylie Minogue to the great and good of Ru Paul's Drag Race, and even the odd spot from Gemma Collins herself, but make sure you get down in good time because its queue is a fearful thing.
One of the best lesbian bars in London, this Old Compton Street bar and club is the ultimate night out for queer girls. Sleek and chic in design, She plays host to some of the best selectors on the scene, alongside regular karaoke sessions and jukebox nights for when you just need the DJ to play your tune.