Open Run, Victoria Palace Theatre, 8 Victoria St. Astounding sets and configuration; magnificent play about boy from mining town who pursues ballet career in spite of father's & community discomfort; also about local solidarity during the Thatcher years.
Ongoing at BFI Southbank, screenings of over 2000 classic and contemporary films every year, over 1000 hours of free film and TV in the Mediatheque, plus two restaurant/bars. The BFI National Archive holds a magnificent collection of film and television, from the birth of cinema to today; also posters, images, publicity material, original scripts, letters and other artifacts.
Full spectrum of Off West End theatres; heady darkness, dangerous passion of little powerhouses above a pub, under a railway bridge, in a disused warehouse, a butcher's shop or a shopping centre. Taking risks to push boundaries of live performance, entertaining intellects, stretching imaginations -breeding grounds for new talent, new ideas to feed, reinvent, reinvigorate our culture.
Every 4th Friday/ month, 10pm-4am, Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall (enter from Gooding St). No clothes needed dance-floor & cruise play room. Largest UK men-only, all-naked dance club, all-body types, all-ages 18+. Regular DJs keep the dance-floor busy all night. Also monthly Naked Foam Dance Party: every 2nd Sunday 3-9pm - see website for more dates.
Fourth Fridays 6:30-11pm at Underground. Butt Naked sessions they tape the fun on the dance floor and in the cruise/maze area, then make DVD copies for participants to keep. Get naked and play! - masks optional. Underground also does Pants, Feet, Spankz, and City Boys, a suit and tie club "for a big office orgy."
Friday night/ Saturday morning, 11pm-4am, at Heaven. Three rooms of music: Main Floor - 70s & 80s; Star Bar - 90s; The Island & Pop Room - 00s. Travel "the G-A-Y Tardis" through four decades - just by going from one room to another.
Friday night/ Saturday morning, 11pm-11am, at Protocol, 6a South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall. Weekly stripped down underground vibe, two rooms, each with completely different music styles - at the forefront of Saturday morning clubbing for over 14 years - London’s longest running after-hours' 21+ party. £4 before 1am with ad//flyer/guest list; £8 1-6am.
Every Friday night/Saturday morning, 1am-1pm, at Union, Vauxhall. Saturday morning afterhours dance club, gay and straight scene. No pop, no commercial dance music, just cutting-edge underground tech house and techno. Special guest DJs include: Pagano, Jason Chance and Smokin Jo. £10 admission; £8 before 6am and members. WRONG! operates a strict gay majority door policy.
Saturdays 10pm - 3am. Weekly party at Shadow Lounge, 5 Brewer St. Sexy Saturday nights in Soho. Be part of the TRIBE with Twinks, Hunks, Otters, Bears and Trans all welcome in the shadows! Private lap dances and XXX acts on your table by sexy GoGo dancers and porn star hosts.
Saturdays, 11pm-5am at Heaven Under the Arches, off Villiers Street, Charing Cross. The UK's biggest weekly gay party, wide range of music, younger dance crowd, world class pop act performances. Several dance areas play a wide range of music: the best in 80s & 90s pop music, Electro House, commercial dance and R&B. New releases and special events and guest performers.
Saturdays weekly, 10pm-6am at Pulse, Southwark St, Vauxhall. 18+ men-only for big guys & friends, no attitude, value for money dance/cruise/booze; bears, cubs, chubs, muscle bears & admirers of all ages, backgrounds, tastes & sizes: “one club fits all” ethos, resident and guest DJs.
Every Saturday (naked/underwear) + Sunday 6-10pm and Wednesday 7-11pm (naked only) at Backstreet, East End. Totally naked nights footwear only. All kinds of 18+ men, climate controlled, heated smokers' terrace, darkroom, cheap beer, horny visuals. 1st Sundays Mega-Buff 4-10pm, with full bar. 2nd Satudays 6-10pm Spurt jack-off party + special wanking/jacking nights.
Sunday mornings, 4am to super late, at Fire, Vauxhall. Themes, great sound and lights. Special guests, from around the world include Juanjo Martin, Carlos Gallardo and more. Themes created by the UK & Spain’s hottest designers and artistic directors, PAs by favorite dance music songstresses, decked smoking area. Hosts: JJ Clark, Martin Princess, Chrissy Darling. 21+
Sundays 2pm-1am at The Hoist, Railway Arches 47b and 47c, South Lambeth Rd, Vauxhall. The best day of the week. Party starts at 2pm with SBN the largest naked party in Europe. Stark bollock naked - apart from foot wear. The usual GL.
Every Sunday, 3pm-midnight, at RVT, 372 Kennington Lane. Features world-class cabaret line-up on alternating weeks, CHARLIE HIDES TV, LA VOIX, MYRA DUBOIS, TOPSIE REDFERN plus guests. Weekly showtime 5.30pm. Dance, schmooze and cruise to commercial dance and pop music with 3 DJs immediately after the cabaret. Entry £4 members, £5 non-members.
Every Sunday, 8pm-3am at Eagle London. Resident DJs: Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Luke Howard and Severino, transform the Eagle London dancefloor with their inimitable selection of disco classics, unexpected gems and sublime rarities. A magical night of music and a eclectic mix of beautiful people. Special guests visit from all over the world.
Every Monday, 6-10pm, at Underground Club - Men in footwear only, total nudity, hard up-for-it guys, drinks, dance/ cruising, maze area, films on two screens. Music: Dance, Progressive, Charts. Entry: £5 - includes free coat check. Also: Blackout XXX 5th Fridays Filth Leather/Rubber/Uniform/Skin; Come To Daddy, weekly bear Thursdays with filthy fur films + maze.
Every Monday night, 11pm-5:30am, at Heaven, The Arches.Presenting some of UK's leading DJs, upfront and uplifting vocal progressive house, the coolest hip hop & RnB via Top 40 pop, guilty pleasures, relaxing lounge bar, chill out games arcade. POPCORN operates a strict EVERYONE WELCOME door policy. See website for weekly DJ lineups, and special theme events:
Every Tuesday except the first one, 7-11pm at Bunker Bar, 217 City Rd, Shoreditch. Labyrinth of small rooms, booths for private sessions, maze, video room, dark room for frisky moments -- perfect for spanking and other punishment! Smokers area, discrete entrance. Wear anything you want. Army, leather, rubber, uniform, industrial or as you are. No dress code!
Thursdays 11pm-4am at Heaven, Under the Arches, off Villiers St, Charing Cross. Fun with or without your clothes on. Anyone can enter the strip contest and let it all hang out! Mixed, mostly gay crowd. Mostly guys get on stage and take off all their clothes, hoping to win the £100 cash prize. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter a future contest.
Thursdays 11pm-8am, at Protocol/Fire, Vauxhall. The only way to start your weekend - with cutting-edge underground tech house and techno dancing on two dance floors, state of the art sound and light systems, and sophisticated lounge areas. London’s finest DJs week in and out without taking itself too seriously! 18+
Saturdays, 10pm-3am, The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd. Pulp/ faggy indie/ post punk/ new wave for beatniks, dirtbags and lumberjacks. Enter at bookcase door. Past month live go-gos The Actionettes! DJs Seductive Barry + Pencil Skirt playing stuff like: Ash. Billy Idol. Bowie. The B-52s. The Cure. Dandy Warhols. Elastica. Franz Ferdinand. Garbage Hole. The Hives. Iggy Pop. Kate Bush.
April 30, 2016, 11pm-7am at The Coronet, 28 New Kent Rd. A Galactic Paradise with futuristic décor and out of this world production with a host of your favorite Beyond DJs: Gonzalo, Michel Mizrahi, Tony English (Orange Nation Radio) and Miswhite; plus a troupe of the hottest Go-Go dancers to keep you jumpin’ and pumpin’ all night long! AFTERHOURS at FIRE from 4am.
May 1, 2016, 6-10:30pm at Tipsey Dalston. First Sunday evening of poetry/ spoken word from new + established poets/writers - 20 poets each has 5 minutes to share their poems. Three five minute slots are for singers, rappers, comedians, dancers, musicians, burlesque, magicians, drag queens + drag kings. Contact in advance to be added to the line up. See details + video link on facebook:
May 4-7, 2016 at Rosebery Avenue. Exquisite choreography inspired by the wealth of spiritual practices in Asia. A visually stunning tribute to pilgrimage; a world of intense reverence, distinctly Asian in imagery, yet with powerful relevance far beyond any geographic boundary. Evocative movements are set to a soundtrack of soulful Georgian folksongs, sung by the Rustavi Choir.
May 6, 2016, 11pm at Fire. Sexy boyz + lust-hungry ladz - hottest sex party in town; downright debauchery/ XXX fun/ cruising, boozing + physical pleasure. Hedonistic house/ Kinky beats to jump/pump all night; Get down/ dirty in the Mirror Arch Contact Cruising Area w/ blokes, lads, 18+ boys + toys, climaxing until the early hours. DJs: Matt Bogard, Matt Unique, Nik Denton + guests.
May 7, 2016, 1-6pm at RVT. Queer Crafts People encouraged to sell their wares for a picky yet knowledgable audience. It's a daytime get together and the bar is open. Entry: £2 donations go directly to our Sanctuary House in Uganda! Donate more if you can, but we ask kindly for at least £2.
May 8 + 15 + 22, 2016, 11pm-7am, at Fire. London's original number one Sunday night dance destination returns with new promoter Steven Artis + DJs Mattias Dabo, Alex Georgiou, Chris Barker, Kid Massive, Zach Burns, Miswhite, Hifi Sean, Gonzalo, Paul Heron, Jamie Head, Nik Denton,D'johnny, Disco Smack and Fat Tony playing the best uplifting HOUSE and FIERCEST DISCO in 2 rooms. 21+
May 10, 2016, 7pm at RVT. Spectacular showcase evening of All the Things we like! - Glitter, Drag, Politics & GenderBending!
Bar Wotever A QUEER CABARET in two halves w/ SuperDiva SuperStar Blanche Dubois! Ragina on stage plus much more! Apple Derrieres, Mysti Vine. OPEN MIC - First come first served... max 8 minutes on stage.
May 11 - June 12, 2016. Born in a Dublin slum, the most notorious male prostitute in Victorian London, Jack was linked with high profile and aristocratic clients in the Cleveland Street male brothel affair, and other scandals. The Sins of the Cities of the Plain is said to be a pornographic memoir of his rentboy years. His colorful/ tragic story is told with wit and compassion.
May 12, 2016, 8pm-midnight at The Horse Hospital, Colonnade. An event for all who can’t go to men only saunas, created for and by women and trans "...Sweat is an oasis in the desert that is sex-positive spaces for women, trans and queer folks. Come to Sweat and see why." Spotlessly clean steam room, sauna, communal shower, private play cubicles + huge communal bed.
May 13, 2016, 7:30-10:30pm at The Horse Hospital. What Do We Watch? Who Do It? Sexy Bits from the past and exciting New Powerful Feminist Porn. With more films on show, picked up from Berlin Porn film festival and various queer porn film makers.
Queer Experiments Creating Chaos outside given Frames with and by London's Leading Queer Artists & Thinkers.
May 14, 2016, Fifteen previously unseen short films with new scores by musicians involved in/ influenced by the scene: Tom Verlaine, Martin Rev, Dean Wareham, Eleanor Friedberger, Bradford Cox. Films paint portraits from the time - Marcel Duchamp, Edie Sedgewick, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Slow motion evokes distant memories; vivid colors are reminiscent of Warhol’s pop art.
May 14 + 28, 2016, 10pm-4am, at Muse Soho. Fortnightly Saturdays, best Crossover Latin music, resident DJG: mix of salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, cumbia, Bachata, Reggaeton, Vallenato, Electro Latino etc. Dress casual smart. Special drink deals til 11pm. Next dates: June 11 + 25 (London Gay Pride); and July 9th.
May 16, 2016, 7pm. Hackney Attic/ Picturehouse. Who are the people who experience London on high? Meet Londoners who have an elevated existence. Working in tall buildings, rubbing shoulders with super-rich, hitting high notes, using rooftop playgrounds - people living a London high life. Screening new short documentaries, rare archive footage; filmmakers/subjects Q&A. Tix: £5.
May 20, 2016, 10pm-3am, dALSTON sUPERSTORE. DJ Michael Kelly, hirstute evil genius; guest Jamie Bull (classy badass HomoElectric). Peaches + The Presets for synthy freaks/hot lazer geeks. Dysfunktional discotek for notorious homosexualists + disgusting friends/no mucking about house/bass buggin' rave up paradise garage disco boogie songs/ loft diva gospel spiritual shit kinda thing.
May 20, 2016, 10pm-6am, at Dome. Spin Around the World Bollywood, Bhangra, Arabic + Dancefloor Delights! World's Biggest LGBT Club for Eastern flavours/ Western classics by DJ Ritu + Dilz, flying you around the world in 80 tunes -sizzling Bollywood Indian Glitter, Bhangra, Arabic, and RnB + karaoke room + pizza. Next: June 25 - Kali Pride Party! at Urban World!/Scala, Kings Cross.
May 21, 2016, 10pm-late, Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall. Sin/sleaze fetish dance party, hard/raunchy show, hot crowds, leather, rubber, sports kit or just boots. Dance floor, lasers, massive playroom, equipment, sling arena, wet area, dark nooks, g-holes, Hot Sex Show, DJs Brent Nochos, DJRW (Amsterdam). 3rd Sat/mo. Next: Jun 25, Jul 30, Aug 27, Sep 17, Oct 22, Nov 26.
May 25, 2016, 7:30-10:30pm at Hackney Attic. What advice do we have to share? Insights? What happens to the LGBT activists when they getting older? Let’s all sit down and listen…… and share memories and lessons in how to grow older disGracefully. Talks and Films from some who were there! AND NOW!!
May 25-29, 2016 at the ICA. Best new films and rarely seen works in one place; engagement with artists, curators and industry from around the world. Themes of social and political identity permeate content and subjects explored by participants underpin moving image’s relevance and emphasise its role as a discursive tool, pushing discussions beyond the auditorium into the everyday.
May 27- 29, 2016, Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday parties from Orange Nation - venues + details TBA - see website.
May 28, 2016, 9pm at Pulse, 1 Invicta Plaza, South Bank, London. Spring Bank Holiday dance party for bears, cubs and friends with a steller line-up of DJs and Cabaret stars - The Biggest Bears Club in the World partying in the biggest club in London.Tickets: £ 9-16.
May 29, 2016, 4am - 1pm at Fire. Beyond was founded in 2002 and has evolved into one of London’s best-known parties. It’s also become an international touring brand with nights being held in Miami, New York, Tel Aviv and Ibiza. DJ line up TBC. Hosted by JJ Clark and Martin Princess with Chrissy Darling on the door.
May 29, 2016, from noon at Ministry of Sound - with performances by Flavio Zarza, Gonzalo, Lee Harris and Fat Tony. An 18+ event.
May 29, 2016, 5-10pm at Hackeny Attic. "Our ability to lead or follow has nothing to do with gender... It's all physics in the end, we can consciously strip away the social conditioning that may make us *Believe* we can/cannot lead/follow and discover what qualities we can embody to dance that role... *Hint* 'being like a man / woman' is not a quality.
May 29, 2016, 9pm-3am at Muse. Exilio joins Code to spread Latina love! The lady in charge Gloria G on the decks ensuring a night of highly-charged latin grooves, soaring temperatures and a room full of Latina beauties! Mixing it up; DJ Kacey playing her mix of commerical RnB, house and everything in between for the earlier set!
May 29, 2016, 11pm-7am at The Coronet. 28 New Kent Rd. Matinee returns hotter than hell with the infamous Pervert! Expect sexy, dark production courtesy of Matinee Ibiza, not to mention the finest in vocal progressive main room house. DJs TBA. Followed by Beyond Party.
May 29, 2016, 11pm at Union, 66 Albert Embankment. Bank Holiday Sundays gay dance party, two rooms of the best urban and old school dance tracks - Dancehall, RnB, Hiphop, Disco, Oldschool House. 18+ only, student discount £8, same as the members' before 1am discount.
June 2-26, 2016. This summer bringing extraordinary music to unexpected places, from museums, cafés and churches to markets, gardens and cemeteries. Join in as the worlds of opera, folk, jazz, early, choral and contemporary collide to create memorable moments in the unique area of Spitalfields. See the program of over 28 events at:
June 18-26, 2016. Parade and main events on SAT June 25th -- Baker St to Whitehall via Oxford St, Piccadilly Circus to Trafalgar Sq. London's biggest one-day event, one of the world’s biggest LGBT celebrations. Typically over 750,000 people at Pride, 30,000 in the Parade. Sunday to Sunday Pride Festival, showcasing London’s varied LGBT+ cultural scene.
June 9, 2016, 8-10pm at The 2 Brewers. Performances focus on the nuances of air travel, the individual quirks of big international airlines and their media stereotypes. With camp humour, in the vein of Dame Edna Everage, Kathy Griffin and Chelsea Handler, the character has developed a cult following. Fans include Madonna, who calls Pam "cruelly funny."
June 22, 2016. Above the Stag. Just got dumped/need some attention? Dreams of stardom gone awry? Need cash? Lke getting your sack out in front of strangers! Whatever, come out to the Golden Canary Monday night for the South East’s third best gay amateur strip competition. Don’t be nervous, the heat is on… Emotions + more laid bare in this outrageous new musical comedy!
June 25, 2016, 10pm-6am at Scala, 275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross. The UK's biggest multi-ethnic/ multicultural 4 room LGBT club event with 9 club brands: WORK, URBAN DESI, EXILIO, BOOTYLICIOUS, CLUB KALI, QUEER NATION, LUSH, and BIBTI - all under one roof, along with many DJs & MCs. Next: TBA
June 25, 2016, 10pm-6am at TBA venue. Men-only dance event; bears, butch and admirers, with a capacity of a thousand in an industrial-style space. DJs in the Main Vault TBA. DJs in Vault 2 / POP BOX TBA. See website for details:
July 10-17, 2016. Over 50 parties and events around the capital. Past year's parties included: Film screening, Bondage Master Class, Fetish on Display, Sports Cruise Party, Soho Social, Dinner, Into the Tank, Skinhead Party, Recon Full Fetish Party (the main event), Rubber Gear Party, Deconstruction Party (official closing party). See 2015 media + 2016 updates as posted at website:
July 16, 2016, 10pm - 6am at The Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Rd. The big party, with international DJs, extensive play areas, new equipment, iconic visuals and a premium VIP experience. A host of cavernous railway arches host play areas that include darkroom maze, fuck beds, slings, wet room, and bondage area, plus a large pup area in the main auditorium.
September 8-11, 2016, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight. 4-day boutique music festival near Downend/Newport; 25+ stages, Psychedelic Woodland, Zombie Love-In, Magical Island, Night Parades, films, unique campsite experience, Bollywood Cocktail Bar, Wishing Tree Stage, fancy dress en-masse, landlocked Port. A wondrous world of discovery/ adventure to inspire peace, love and dancing.
Mid-September, 2016, at Cafe de Paris. Burlesque naughtiness and West End razzle-dazzle - the hottest male and female dancers 'strut their stuff' to benefit Theatre MAD/ Make A Difference Trust. See website or fb for info, photo calendars, tee-shirts and West End Bares bears to help the cause.
September 20 - October 8, 2015, Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, Holborn. The Canadian contemporary circus crew with a smash-hit show high on daring stunts, theatricality, dazzling acrobatics and fun. Blending circus arts, acrobatic skill + breakdance. A vibrant urban streetscape of infectious energy, phenomenal physical feats; 15 cast members perform against eye-popping video projections.
October 3-7, 2016, the Royal Albert Hall. After an unparalleled career among the world's leading classical ballet dancers, superstar Acosta prepares to retire with a spectacular farewell performance. Famed for impressive leaps, graceful strength and Cuban flare, the ex-Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist has danced some of the biggest roles in ballet with some of the greatest names.
October 5-16, 2016, almost two weeks of screenings to showcase the best new films from around the world; strong and eclectic programs of feature films, shorts, artists' film, video & experimental work, plus discussions & special events. See festival highlights on the BFI Player:
November 7-19, 2016, at (among other venues) ArtHouse Crouch End, 159A Tottenham Ln. Cinema Futura London's annual eclectic cross-art festival of works by LGBTQI artists. Debates, performance works, film screenings, visual arts. See program updates later in 2016:
March, 2017 (TBC). The best in new queer cinema each year from around the world. Opening and closing night, and the Accenture gala. See theme for 2017, plus schedules and venues at website as announced.