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, 2:30am-1pm (often later), at Union, Vauxhall. Saturday morning afterhours dance club, gay and straight scene. No pop, no commercial dance music, just cutting-edge underground tech house. Special guests include: Pagano, Jason Chance and Smokin Jo. £10 admission; £7 members. WRONG! operates a strict gay majority door policy.
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 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 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!
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."
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.
Thursdays 10pm - 3am. Weekly party with Orange Nation taking over the programming at Shadow Lounge, 5 Brewer St, Soho. £6 concession, £8 at the door. Followed by GRAVITY THURSDAYS at Fire London’s Mirror Arch 2am – 8am
May 5-23, 2015 at Peacock Theatre. Titanium unites dance styles born on the street: mixing electrifying break dance with flamenco attitude and the rawness of hip hop culture. A high impact show from choreographers Rojas and Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español, with a cast of flamenco dancers, hip hop dancers, and b-boys; on stage live band. A powerful new dance phenomenon.
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.
May 9, 2015, 11pm at Fire. Forever Tel Aviv returns to London with the ever-sexy Forever Kiss. Top production, lineup and the sexiest crowd. DJs: Sagi Kariv with only the finest uplifting house music; plus Steve Pitron B2B Zach Burns, Maze & Masters, Chris Brogan, Michel Mizrahi and Dmitry Strigun.
May 10, 2015, 4:30am - 1:30pm at Fire. The 2nd part of the epic Saturday nighter sees Fire taken over by Forever Tel Aviv’s legendary brand from 11pm. This runs into Beyond with Steve Pitron B2B Zach Burns, Fat Tony, Sam DMS & Michel Mizrahi ensuring high energy through to Sunday early afternoon.
May 13 - June 14, 2015, at Above the Stag Theatre, Vauxhall. Victorians Ernest Boulton and Frederick Park were known and adored as Fanny and Stella. They dazzled in female roles on Britain's stages – and in clubs and bedrooms from London to the Highlands. A riotous new play about two young men who dared to be different, whatever the cost.
May 15, 2015, 10pm-3am, Dalton Superstore. Night before Roisin Murphy Roundhouse gig, so a stack of her tunes, plus a potent blend of sick new synth and noughties electroclash: Cut Copy, Tiga, Future Islands, Fischerspooner, Ladytron, Moullinex. If it bleeps, they'll play it. Michael Kelly on the decks + DJ hot messes Ronika and Jamie Bull from the amazingness that is Homoelectric.
May 24, 2015, noon-9pm. at Ministry of Sound. Matinee returns to London with a new superproduction, taking over Ministry of Sound parking area and club. Calling all Motorcycle gangs and friends; starting the spring / summer season with a party on the terrace. Andre Vicenzzo on the Matinee decks. Gay dance party, stage shows and go-go dancers.
May 24, 2015, 10pm-61am at Steel Yard, 13–16 Allhallows Lane near London Bridge. Men-only dance event; bears, butch and admirers, with a capacity of a thousand in an industrial-style space. Tom Stephan headlines the main floor, with other DJs in adjoining bar and play areas. See facebook or website:
May 30, 2015, 10pm-4am, at Tiki Club/Archway Tavern, 1 Archway Close (Tube: Archway). Monthly parties, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Vallenato, Electro Latino + more. Wear casual smart attire. Special drink deals til 11pm. Next: June 13 Tropical Latin; June 27 After Pride Party.
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."
June 12, 2015, 10pm-3am, at Harpers City, 14 New London St + every 3rd Friday/month. World's Biggest LGBT Club for Eastern flavours/ Western classics by DJs Ritu + Dilz, flying you around the world in 80 tunes -sizzling Bollywood Indian Glitter, Bhangra, Arabic, and RnB with Sonia Panesar live! Next: July 18 at Bloomsbury Lanes/Tavistock Hotel; Aug 1 at Bottlescrue; Aug 21 at Dome.
June 20, 2015, 10pm-5am, Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall. Canadian porn performer Ryan Cummings -North America’s biggest cum whore. Sin/sleaze fetish dance party, hottest crowds, leather, rubber, sports kit or just boots. Dance floor, lasers, massive playroom, equipment, sling arena, wet area, dark nooks, g-holes, DJs Brent Nicholls/Tony Bruno. 3rd Sat/ month. Next: July 25.
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 24 - July 26, 2015, MASSIVE laughs, SMOOTH tunes and the TIGHTEST choreography, set on Hookie Awards night, the Oscars of escorts. Meet contenders, hear secrets behind their sexy personas, and let them entertain you! Songs include Gay For Pay, Tops and Bottoms, Who Invented The Jockstrap?, The Boyfriend Thing + for those with particular tastes – That Will Be A Little Bit More.
July 12-19, 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:
July 14 - 9 August 9, 2015, at Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Ave. Loosely based on Bizet’s opera with one of the most recognizable New Adventures scores. Dreams and passions of a small town in 1960's America are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.
July 17, 2015, 10pm-4am at Fire, London. Music, dance and playroom for men into masculine attitude; sports, urban, clubbers, leather, army, jocks/underwear, sneakers, boots. DJ Manuel Carranco and Gonzalo Rivas, performances and more details TBA.
September 10-13, 2015, annual festival, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight. 4 days near Downend/ Newport. 25+ stages, Psychedelic Woodland, Zombie Love-In, Magical Island, Night Parade, films. Music lineup: Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Duran Duran, Tame Impala, The Jacksons, Skrillex, Annie Mac, Rósín Martin, Jungle, Jurassic 5, DJs Mark Ronson and Rudimental + more!
November 26, 2015 - January 16, 2016. Once upon a time, slave boy Cinders lived with his murderous stepmother and her daughters in a little kingdom with a prince whose balls were the envy of the world. Indeed, there was no happier sight than the prince’s balls in full swing. Cinders really fancied the Prince, but they'd never meet… would they?
May 23, 2015, 10pm-7am at Pulse, 1 Invicta Plaza, South Bank, London. Bank Holiday dance party for bears, cubs and friends.
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.
November, 2015, noon-11pm, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch. LGBTQ feature & short films.
Mid-March, 2016 The best in new queer cinema each year from around the world. Opening and closing night, and the Accenture gala. See theme for 2016, plus schedules and venues at website as announced.