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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Ongoing through November 22, 2014, at Above The Stag Theatre, Vauxhall. Two teenage boys regularly rendezvous late at night in a parked church bus just to be close. When their secret meeting place is in danger of being discovered, the boys find themselves in the middle of a family conﬂict between a large church and a small-town gas station—and the clash proves explosive.
Ongoing through November 22, 2014, at Jermyn Street Theatre. Oxford. Summer 1933 - Brideshead Revisited meets The History Boys. Touching, uproariously funny, among earliest plays to deal explicitly with homosexuality. One of Rattigan's first creative fruits, written while still a student. Staged in 1934 West End and Broadway, lost in the archives for decades, a first-ever revival.
November 28, 2014 - January 10, 2015, Jim Hawkins wants adventure! Tired of swallowing seamen's stories in his mum's hotel, he gets his hands on a sailor's chest and a map to a treasure island. Will he find riches? Sunshine? Speedo-clad men in the dunes? Only if he beats John Silver, (charismatic, disabled pirate, and very nautical boy). Outrageous, romantic, and very silly.
November 28, 2014, 10pm-4am at The Coronet. Say goodbye to 2 decades of top notch clubbing as they throw the final party, a raucous FAREWELL FUN FAIR with 3 rooms of tunes and funfair freakiness! Come and party like it's 1995/ celebrate 19 and a half years of popstarz parties. Advance tix are sold out!! 400 £20 tix at the door for tonight. Over 2200 people are expected.
November 29, 2014, 10pm-4am at Latin Groove, Archway. Mix of Latin genres: salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, cumbia, vallenato, electro latino and more. JUANCHITO brings you the original salsa sounds, OLD/ NEW, and CLASSICS of the best salsa artists. Coming: Dec 6th, Miss Exilio at Guys Bar, Boland House, St Thomas St.
November 30, 2014, 4:30am-2pm at Fire (Parry Street entrance). Warming you up for the festive season. Sam DMS B2B Dayne Harper, GSP, Fat Tony, Gonzalo Rivas, Paul Heron & Hifi Sean. Hosts: Andre Hellstrom, Luke Gregory, Steven Galo. Martin Princess on the door.
December 6, 2014, 11am-7pm at Coronet. DJs Manuel de Diego, Jamie Head, D’Johnny, Gonzalo Rivas + Steve Pitron. Inspired by Amsterdam's red light district of neon lights and nipple tassles, boys in skimpy outfits, a rainbow of colors entices you with the promise of your every desire. BORDELLO ROOM 2/ CLONE ZONE sex shop host: pornstar (TBA) host with inviting bed. £10 adv
December 7, 2014, 3am - 12:30pm at Fire. Back to ancient Egypt -the mythical golden prophecy is fulfilled. Golden statues pour the finest golden elixirs, a world with a 24Karat touch. Fire transformed into an Egyptian palace filled with Pharaohs' forbidden treasures… DJ lineup: FABIO LUIGI, TONY ENGLISH, HIFI SEAN, TOM STEPHAN, PAUL HERON, DIMITRY STRIGUN, MAZE&MASTERS.
December 7, 2014, 11pm-8am, at Fire. One of the behemoths of London clubbing. DJ Fat Tony + Paul Martin and Dayne Harper play unashamed, unadulterated, uplifting Funky House Music. Main floor brand new mind-blowing permanent production. Hosts: GLENDORA, ISSAC JONES & JOE HELMUTH MAYER
December 7, 2014, 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."
December 13, 2014, 10pm-late, at Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall. Sin/ sleaze fetish dance party, hottest fetish crowds in leather, rubber, sports kit or just boots. Sexy dance floor, new lasers, massive playroom equipment, wet room, dark nooks, glory holes. Usually 3rd Saturday/ month except July, August, October (4th Saturday) + 2nd Saturday in December. Next: Jan 17th, Feb 21st.
December 19, 2014, 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!!!
Ongoing through December 21, 2014 at Jermyn Street Theatre. A beautiful young man is forced to choose between the love of his fiancee and the lifestyle of his male mentor. The infamous comedy of manipulation that, in 1934, made a leading Broadway star of Laurence Olivier, opposite his then-wife Jill Esmond. The first major revival since the 1950s.
December 22, 2014, 6:20pm Saturday screening of SIGHTSEERS at Cineworld Shaftesbury Ave. Everyone is welcome, meet in the cinema foyer, inside the Trocadero Centre at Piccadilly Circus, at about 6:10pm. See fb
January 1, 2015, 10pm-7am at The Coronet. Adult playground where the best from past WE parties will be showcased to begin 2015 with a bang! Headlining the huge Main Room will be a very special WE Guest TBA closer to the date, supported by London’s finest DJs Steve Pitron, GSP and Zach Burns.
January 14 - February 15, 2015, at Above the Stag. Sex, dating, friendship, and blurry lines. Josh, Seth, and Ashley, Hell's Kitchen boys, encounter all that NY offers. Seth loves an older boyfriend. Ashley enjoys a variety of Manhattan men. Josh finds inspiration for his newest writing concept. All are thrown for a loop when incredibly hot Eric moves in below. Is he or isn't he?
January 14-18, 2015 at Rosebery Avenue. Intensely moving portrayal of love, friendship, loss and survival, exploring the theme of war and bonds that develop between the men consumed by it. Drawing inspiration from images of conflict through the ages, a compelling hybrid of dance, theatre and screen performance from the ever-inventive BalletBoyz and TALENT. their all male dance company.
February 13-14, 2015, at Sadlers Wells, Rosebery Ave. McGregor’s latest full-length work returns to Sadler’s Wells after its world premiere in 2013. Atomising bodies, movement, film, sound and light into miniature shards of intense sensation, performed by ten incredible dancers in McGregor’s unique style - sculptural, rigorous, jarring and hauntingly beautiful.
February 17-28, 2015, at Sadler's Wells, Portugal Street, Holborn. Bold new show, extraordinary performers express innovative natures, combining circus arts with music, dance and theatre. Inventive stage design, original musical score and video projections, 12 acrobats and multidisciplinary artists rebel against monotony, to reinvent themselves and challenge limits of factory-city.
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.
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.
June, 2015. Community closes half the West End and Europe’s busiest shopping street. Last year 15,000 people joined the Parade, from over 100 community groups, and 65,000 people enjoying the entertainment in Trafalgar Square; 200,000 more packed the streets of Soho all day.
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.