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 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, 10pm-late, 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: Saturday 10pm-5am - see website for 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, 1am-noon, 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.
Sundays 6pm-1am, at Area. Sunday soiree,super-cool surroundings. Unique DJ line-up includes: FABIO LUIGI / MISWHITE / ZACH BURNS / LEE HARRIS / NATHAN SIX. Society hosts: MARTIN PRINCESS RAB with JONNY HOOLEY & Chris Chandler. Hot party people, naughty Vauxhall clubkids, monthly theme parties, state-of-art sound and lights, large outside terrace with heating, Embankment chill zone.
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 nights/ Friday mornings, 12-10am, 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.
May 8-10, 2014, at Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Ave. Focusing on anatomy of the human body, nine men and nine women are literally and figuratively stripped bare to explore the human condition. The nude dancers combine concise repetitious movements, to create a hypnotic chorus, where body and soul meet, creating an engrossing tribal atmosphere, reaching a thrilling crescendo.
June 10-28, 2014 at Peacock Theatre. London debut after taking the USA, Australia and Europe by storm. Hailing from New York, Rock The Ballet is a fusion of classic ballet technique blended with the excitement of musical theatre, hip hop, tap, acrobatics and more. Charismatic, high voltage, virtuoso dancers perform to backdrop of animated scenery, stadium lighting, rock/pop soundtrack
June 13-14, 2014. People's Palace, Mile End Rd. Breathtaking show fuses noble art of boxing with dance. Choreography: Mourad Merzouki. Brutality + elegance of contrasting worlds collide in spine-tingling show. 8 dancers blend martial arts, street and contemporary dance in a spirited fusion of hip hop and fisticuffs. String quartet music: Schubert, Ravel, Philip Glass, Glenn Miller.
Ongoing through June 14, 2014. Glenn Chandler's beautiful adaptation of Angus Stewart gay cult classic novel about 1960s Oxford love affair of 19 year old undergraduate, David Rogers, and the precocious and beautiful choirboy, Antony Sandel. More controversial now than in the 60s, Sandel is nonetheless funny, witty and light-hearted; what love can do when it takes over - in any age.
June 18 - July 20, 2014, 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
June 20, 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!!!
June 21, 2014, 10pm-late, at Union (Vauxhall). A summer season of sin and sleaze with the hottest fetish crowds in leather, rubber, sports kit or just boots. DJ Steve Morris opens with fuckalicious grooves, followed by Brent Nicholls dropping phat and dirty beats. Sexy dance floor, new lazers, massive playroom equipment, wet room, dark nooks, glory holes. Next: July 26 + Aug 23.
June 22-29, 2014. 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 28, 2014, 10pm-7am at Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Rd. We Party is back with its signature cheeky and sexy style and a brand new theme for their World Tour - KISS ME TIGER! See more details as announced at:
June 29, 2014, 11pm-7am at Fire’s refurbished main room. DJs: Fat Tony, Luke Donington, Dayne Harper, Gonzalo Rivas, Paul Heron, and VERY special guests. See more info at website:
July 3-6, 2014 at the ICA. Screenings, new performance commissions, talks and panel discussions, encompassing a wide-ranging and diverse perspective on contemporary moving image practice. A Christian Jankowski retrospective; artist curated programs by Ken Okiishi, Nina Koennemann, Hannah Sawtell and Yto Barrada; a symposium entitled Aesthetics of the Non-visible; and more.
July 7-13, 2014. Over 50 parties and events to take place around the capital. Official parties include: 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 2013 media + 2014 updates at website below:
July 9, 2014. 7:30pm, at Riverside Studios, 1 Crisp Rd, Hammersmith, London. Recon returns to Riverside Studios to host a screening of London’s most defiant fetish documentary – Age of Consent. Charles Lum and Todd Verow tell the story of one of the world’s most famous fetish bars – The Hoist. Eye-opening, playful, funny and downright filthy, yet informative.
July 11, 2014, 10pm-6am at Fire, London. Music, dance and playroom for men into masculine attitude; sports, urban, clubbers, leather, army, jocks/underwear, sneakers, boots. DJ M Carranco and guest, performances TBA. £20 at the door includes drink.
September 4-7, 2014, annual music festival at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight. 4 days at a country park near Downend and Newport. 2013 acts included: Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, M.I.A, Franz, Ferdinand, Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan. See website for 2014 details.
Early September, 2014, at Cafe de Paris. Burlesque naughtiness and West End razzle-dazzle - the hottest male and female dancers 'strut their stuff' to benefit Theatre MAD & the Make A Difference Trust. Check the website for information, and to buy photo calendars, tee-shirts and West End Bares bears to help the cause.
October 8-11, 2014, Rosebery Ave, London. New dance production, inspired by William Golding’s classic dystopian novel. Action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre. A group of schoolboys who find themselves abandoned without adults, make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.
October 8-19, 2014, 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.
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.
Mid-March, 20145 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.
Mid-April, 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.