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.
See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the London area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
Every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, 10pm-4am, Union 2, Goding St, Vauxhall. No clothes needed dance-floor & 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 - (Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 7, 2014) - see website for more dates.
Every Friday + Sunday at Barcode, 10pm-late club night for fit and sport-loving lads who come to socialize, cruise, dance, and get up on stage to vie for cash prizes in weekly amateur strip contests. Dress: track suits, caps, trainers/sneakers, sports gear. Dance to vocal, progressive and tech. DJs PJ and Pete Blakely. Dark room, g-holes. No cover charge for guys sporting 8+ inches.
Fridays, 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.
Every Friday night/Saturday morning at Union, Vauxhall. Saturday morning afterhours dance club, gay and straight scene. No pop, no commercial dance music, just cutting-edge underground tech house. £7 with a flyer, ad or invite.
Friday night/Saturday morning, 11pm-11am, at Fire, (Protocol entrance), 6a South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall. Stripped down underground vibe, two rooms, each with completely different music styles. DJs; D’JOHNNY, PAUL HERON, GONZALO RIVAS, GEORGE SHARP, ZACH BURNS, TERRY BRYAN, ARNALDO NOVAIS, PHIL PARSONAGE, CHRIS BROGAN, MICHEL MIZRAHI.
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. DJs Christian M, Alex Logan, Joe Egg. November 9, 16, 23, 30; December 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013.
Sunday mornings, 4:30am to super late, at Fire (after June 8th). 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, new Chapel area. For more info see website:
Every Sunday, 2pm-midnight, at RVT, 372 Kennington Lane, the fabulous show from the amazing and talented D E EXPERIENCE (on stage 5.30pm; huge dance anthems and commercial house from resident DJs: SIMON LE VANS, ANDY ALMIGHTY, SEAN SIRRS. Entry £8 til 7.30pm and £5 thereafter.
Every Sunday (except first) 6-10pm, every Wednesday 7-11pm Naked Only at Backstreet, East End. Totally naked except footwear, original Backstreet nights. All kinds, 18+ men, climate controlled, heated smokers' terrace, full bar, horny visuals. Saturdays Semi-Buff 6-10pm, underwear, shorts, boxers, or naked. See website for Hardplay dates.
Every Sunday night/ Monday morning, 11pm-10am (or later) at Fire, South Lambert Rd, Vauxhall. Unadulterated, uplifting Funky House Music from DJ Fat Tony + up and coming talents and true Orange heroes -- "Sunday nights are no longer dull and boring." Lock In 6am "until you decide..." at Lightbox entrance.
Every Monday and Wednesday, 10pm to 1am, at Underground Club, "where hard men cum" No dress code. Crowd: Men only, hard, up-for-it guys. Music: Sleazy and dirty house music. Entry: FREE!
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 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 8pm-midnight at East Bloc, 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!
Second Wednesday 6-10pm and Fourth Friday 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. They also do Pants, Feet, Spankz, and City Boys, a suit and tie club "for a big office orgy."
Wednesdays/Thursdays 2-8am, at Club No. 65 (former Covert), 65 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall. Electro, tech, nu disco, deep, minimal, classic house polysexual dance/after party.
Thurdays 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 email@example.com to enter a future contest.
Thursday night/ Friday mornings, 2-8am, Protocol at Fire, Vauxhall. The only way to start your weekend - the deeper sound of house, London’s finest DJs week in and out without taking itself too seriously! Two dance floors offer laid back party tunes and best in house music; state of the art sound and light systems, and sophisticated lounge areas.
March 19-29, 2015 The best in new queer cinema each year from around the world. Opening and closing night, and the Accenture gala. See theme for 2015, plus schedules and venues at website as announced.
March 27, 2015, 9pm-late at The Benugo bar, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd. Club Kali party with BFI Flare – the annual queer film festival, on South Bank. A fantastic night on the riverfront in the heart of London to spin you around the World in 80 tunes.
March 28, 2015, 10pm-4am, at Tiki Club/The Archway Tavern, 1 Archway Close (Tube: Archway). Monthly party, resident DJG plays Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Vallenato, Electro Latino and more. Wear casual smart attire. Special drink deals until 11pm.
Ongoing through March 29, 2015, at Above the Stag Theatre, Vauxhall. Billy visits the bathhouse for the first time, looking for love, but soon realizes that the other patrons are looking for...something a little more temporary! With steam, brief nudity and lots of bubbles! "...moving, raunchy and downright rude... will delight its target audience." -- Whatsonstage.com
March 29, 2015 at Fire. Special guest DJs every week. This Sunday: Tom Stephan -highly successful productions/ energetic yet edgy sound, with Fabio Luigi, Zach Burns and Miswhite, a broad spectrum of music styles. Mirror arch: Sam DMS B2B. Dayne Harper; PA by Miggy De La Rosa and Miswhite on the decks. Peter Spirko opens the Fire Lounge. Hosts: JJ Clark, Martin Princess + Mauricio Ortiz.
April 2-6, 2015, 4 days/ 8 venues/ 10 parties! THU Madrid's WE at The Coronet, then Gravity afterhours/ Fire. FRI Sexcircus with Revolver from Berlin at CRUCIFIX LANE, then A:M afterhours/ Protocol. SAT Matinee/ Fire, Beyond vs Masterbeat at Ministry of Sound. SUN PAPA at The Qube, Orange at Fire. See more info:
April 4, 2015, 11pm-7am at Fire Club - transformed into a tropical paradise, with bespoke foliage and flora with Taito Tikaro, known for his massive repertoire, Micky Friedmann + DJs Fabio Luigi, Michel Mizrahi, Paul Heron, Gonzalo Rivas (deep and techy beats), Arnaldo Novais and Glauber Oliveira. Hosts: JJ Clark, Alfonso Cinque and special guests. Promoted by Mauricio Ortiz.
April 5, 2015, 1-8pm at LIGHTBOX 6a South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall. The official PAPA pre-party! DJ lineup TBA.
April 8 - May 3, 2015 at Above the Stag. “It’s like coming out all over again” There are more appropriate moments to disclose your HIV status to a new lover than during the interval of Wicked… Just one of the unexpected discoveries made by 5 newly-positive friends in this exuberant, excoriating new comedy about moving on, moving out, and moving on up.
April 17, 2015, 10pm-3am, and every third Friday of the month at Dome, (Tube: Tuffnel Park). The World's Biggest LGBT Club for Eastern flavours & Western classics by DJs Ritu and Dilz, flying you around the world in 80 tunes -- sizzling Bollywood Indian Glitter, Bhangra, Arabic, and RnB with Sonia Panesar live! Next dates: May 15 and June 19.
April 18, 2015, 10pm-late, at Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall. Live show: JP Richards (UKHOTJOCKS) + Russ Magnus (Butch Dixon). Sin/sleaze fetish dance party, hottest fetish crowds, leather, rubber, sports kit or just boots. Dance floor, lasers, massive playroom, equipment, wet room, dark nooks, g-holes, DJs Brent Nicholls + Rafa Nunes. Usually 3rd Sat/ month. Next: May 16, Jun 20
April 25-27, 2015. An action-packed three days of the best independent cinema straight from the legendary Sundance Film Festival, and live performances from filmmakers and musicians from around the globe. An expanded filmmaker development program includes a Shorts Workshop and the Sundance London Short Film Competition.
May 9, 2015, 9pm-4am at Eagle London, 349 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall. Party for bears and their friends. DJs HIFI SEAN + SEVERINO. Dancing and furry socializing all around; £6.
June 21-28, 2015. Main Pride events: Sat June 27 Parade, 1pm from 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. Last year over 750,000 people at Pride, 30,000 in the Parade. Pride Festival Sun 21 to Sun June 28, showcasing London’s varied LGBT+ cultural scene.
June 8-9, 2015, 8am, at The Royal Albert Hall. Gaga is well-recognized for her outré sense of style as a recording artist, in fashion, in performance and in music videos. Forbes placed her at number seven on a list of the world's "100 Most Powerful Women."
July, 2015. Over 50 parties and events around the capital. Previous year's parties included: Welcome Drinks, Sports Gear Cruise Party, Soho Social, Fetish Week Dinner, Into the Tank, Skinhead Party, RECON’s international Full Fetish Party (the main party), plus Rubber Gear Party and Deconstruction (official closing party). See 2014 media + 2015 updates at website below:
Early October, 2015, 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.
October, 2015 (to be confirmed), 10pm-6am at Ewer St Car Park, 29 Great Suffolk St, short walk from Southwark tube. Strict leather, rubber & boots only, for gay men & women, dress code enforced, large outdoor courtyard and two indoor arches in case of bad weather.
November, 2015 at various venues around the city. This year's theme: 'Myths & Mythology' An annual event - London's eclectic cross art festival showcases films, art and performance work by LGBTQI artists. Debates, events, performances, visual arts.