Open Run, Victoria Palace Theatre, 8 Victoria St. Astounding sets and configuration; magnificent play about a boy from a mining town who pursues his ballet career in spite of the discomfort this causes his father, and brother; set against the political backdrop of local community solidarity of the coal miners 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.
Fridays, 8pm-5am at Eagle London. Powered by SCRUFF! - getting ready to have a blast and dance all night to beats by DJs Nic Fisher, Louis Lennon + Sugarbear along with the hottest SCRUFFy men of London! An international weekly Friday night party for the gay men of London, São Paulo and Amsterdam. WOOF!
Fourth Fridays 6:30-11pm at Underground. During 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-5am at Metropolis, 235 Cambridge Heath Rd. Naughty late-night disco where anything goes; little sister of the infamous Club Collective, Sink the Pink; combining Disco Music with Pole Dancing Drag Queens - the late night dirty disco of East London. Resident DJs include: Luke Solomon, Guy Williams, HiFi Sean + Jonjo Jury plus guests Artwork, Smoking Jo + 2 Bears.
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.
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, 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.
Saturday nights - Sunday mornings, 12am to super late, at Fire, Vauxhall. Theme parties, great sound/ lights. Special guests, from around the world. 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. Reduced-price entry before 3am. 21+
Sundays, 2-9pm Naked Dance Club + every 4th Sunday 3-9pm Naked Foam Dance Party, at The Tool Shed Club/ 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. See website for more info.
Every Sunday 2-7pm at The Light Box in Parry St, (next to Starbucks) in Vauxhall followed by NBN, 7-10pm at Mirrored Arch (Lightbox Entrance), 6A South Lambeth Place. 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. See more JamieHP events such as Boys+Sirs, Total Fekkin Nude, Horse Fair and Pool Party:
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, 11pm-7am, at Fire. London's original #1 Sunday night 21+ dance destination w/ 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 + Fat Tony playing best uplifting HOUSE/ FIERCEST DISCO/ 2 rooms.
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.
Brüt London at The Steelyard. Men-only dance event/ bears, blokes, cubs and hunks at a hot furry mecca. Caged leather go go’s, deep/ sleazy beats by DJs Tom Stephan, Louis Lennon, and Hifi Sean playing alongside SPECIAL GUESTs. BRUT BEER BLAST until 12 midnight. General admission £15. Brüt will return in 2017after their winter hibernation.
Ongoing through May 13, 2017. In a WWI bombed-out building in Ypres (Britspeak: Wipers), a printing press is used to create a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper to lift the spirits of the men on the front lines. In print for 2 years, defying bombardment, gas attacks and top Brass disapproval, it became an extraordinary tribute to human resilience.
Now ongoing through May 29, 2017 at Tate Britain, Millbank. Exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades, for his most comprehensive exhibition ever - some of which have never been seen before in public.
Ongoing through June 10, 2017, 7:30pm at Wyndham's Theatre. Savagely funny and filthy play written and directed by Patrick Marber. Loosely based on Molière's tragicomedy 'Don Juan', this modern update transports the action to contemporary London and follows the final adventures of its debauched protagonist – a cruel seducer who lives only for pleasure.
Now through October 1, 2017. Artistic expressions in times when established assumptions were being questioned/ transformed. Personal/ intimate works alongside those aimed at a wider public; a range of identities and stories, playful, political, erotic and domestic; paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film. John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant, David Hockney.
May 3 - June 11, 2017, 7:30pm at Above The Stag Theatre. Romance for trendy clubber Spencer with TV chef Harry, and then bookshop girl Alice with hunky lawyer Barry… but nobody counted on Harry and Barry bumping into each other in the back of a taxi, and rekindling an old friendship! A romantic musical comedy; book, music and lyrics by Paul Emelion Daly.
May 4, 5, 18, 20, 2017, 7:30pm. London’s number-one camp comedy sketch show - bigger-than-ever with satirical rewrites of songs from musicals, pop, Disney princesses, and indie bands; sketches from David Attenborough’s take on the common homosexual to talking cigarettes; refracting the gay world of twinks, bears, Grindr, and chemsex in a filthy rainbow of anarchic spectacle.
May 5, 2017, 10pm at Kolis - Spin Around the World Bollywood, Bhangra, Arabic + Dancefloor Delights! World's Biggest LGBT Club for Eastern flavours/ Western classics. DJ Ritu + Dilz, fly you around the world in 80 tunes -sizzling Bollywood Indian Glitter, Bhangra, Arabic, RnB + karaoke room.
May 6, 2017, 5pm-2am. Expect all your favourite scene faces and a splattering of draggy nutbags. PLUS it’s Glory Lates! We use our top whack cabaret contacts to bring you a full-on proper length show in the basement FOR FREE! This week it’s celestial Justin Timberlake slut-dropping drag legend VIRGIN XTRAVANGANZAH! Show at 10:30pm. Free before 10pm / £5 after.
May 6, 2017, 11pm-6am, East Bloc. Homo house night Handsome is in East London's late night rough diamond dancin' spot with its soundtrack of NYC / New Jersey proper house. Expect deep beats, gospel-infused classics and the angular sounds of tech being served by all three residents: Jamie Bull, Dave Kendrick, and Martyn Fitzgerald. Host : Tafkanik.
May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017, 4am, at at Fire. Sunday morning 18+ party that continues until super late. Hosted by JJ Clark, Martin Princess & Martin Rab with Chrissy Darling on the door. In performance: Gonzalo. General Admission advance purchase ticket: £11.
May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017, 3-9pm, The Tool Shed Club/ Union. Nude Cruise Party. The longest running UK men-only all-naked dance club, running very special parties each month. Remember, everyone is naked, with no exceptions! With four separate areas, maze, slings, stocks, and other horny fetish equipment.
May 7 + 21, 2017, 7:30-11pm (show at 8pm), at The Glory. Beloved Sunday night pop piano sing-a-long. Singing the songs that made us gay! Songs we grew up with, started fancying boys or girls too. Songs we sang when we started dressing up in our mums clothing. Tunes we screamed at the top of our voices in our early disco days. A big gay trip down memory lane, plus a load of modern pop.
May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017, 11pm-7am, at Fire. London's original #1 Sunday night 21+ dance destination. 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 + Fat Tony play uplifting HOUSE/ FIERCEST DISCO/ 2 rooms.
May 9-13, 2017, 7:30pm, Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Ave. The story of notorious lover Casanova. Steeped in 18th century decadence, Kenneth Tindall’s ballet is a riot of intrigue and seduction. Based on playwright/ author Ian Kelly’s 2008 Casanova biography, Northern Ballet unmasks the man who still manages to thrill us today. Kerry Muzzey score by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
May 10, 2017, 7:30pm. EVENING’S RUNNING ORDER: HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS: 3 x ODDITIES FROM THE STEWART HOME ARCHIVE. Screening sanctioned by Mr Home. COME BEFORE CHRIST AND MURDER LOVE. PANTY WETTING WITH PORN STAR GINA SNAKE. WILLIAM BURROUGHS IN HELL. THE CORE perform to CHAINSAW and COLLIER’s cut up films D-MAN + NOVA-V. INK, COCKS & ROCK ‘n’ROLL.
May 11, 2017, 11pm at Fire. A star-studded event that brings together the UK’s gay adult entertainment industry for one night of the year to celebrate all that we have achieved in the year gone by. It's a fantastic evening full of the UK's hottest and horniest stars. Fans welcome to attend. Hosts: Danny Beard + Mr Pam.
May 12, 2017, 10pm-4am at Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall (enter from Gooding St). SECOND Friday of each month men-only naked Dance and Cruise party. Great place to strip down, shake down and get down with sexy, like-minded guys. Still the largest men only naked dance club in the UK.
May 13, 2017, 10pm-6am, at Scala, 275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross. UK's biggest multi-ethnic/multicultural LGBT event; 3 rooms 7 brands under one roof. URBAN: Bootylicious, Work, Lush. DESI: Urban Desi, Club Kali. HOUSE: Queer Nation. WORLD: Bibtl. DJs: Big John Freeman, Biggy C, Tayylorr Made, Ammo, Ritu, Dexxmaster, 2Traxx, Clington, Kaspa, Qu + guests. MCs + hosts.
May 15, 2017, 7:30pm at The Glory. In Conversation with Aderonke Apata – the struggle for ongoing global LGBTQIA+ freedom. People across the world continue to face grave threats. 76 countries still criminalise homosexuality. Listen and learn about what we can do from this Human Rights Activist, Feminist and LGBT Equality Advocate - an unstoppable force in fighting for justice.
May 16-20, 2017, 7:30pm, Sadler's Wells/Rosebery. Latin-flavored live music/ virtuoso dancing. Ghost dancers stalk the stage in the Christopher Bruce tribute to South American victims of oppression. Day of the Dead celebrations + Latin folk music drive dances full of joy, sadness and compassion. Also: Didy Veldman's The 3 Dancers; new Aletta Collins + Arturo Márquez works.
May 20, 2017 10pm-6am at The ELECTRIC BRIXTON. Brüt returns for the second time since their winter hibernation. Men-only dance event/ bears, blokes, cubs and hunks at hot furry mecca. Caged leather go go’s, deep/ sleazy beats by resident and guest DJs. Advance general admission £13.
May 20, 2017, 10pm-late, at Union. Sin/sleaze fetish dance party, hard/raunchy show w/ Alberto Esposito (Hard Show) + DJs Tony Latex + Brent Nicholls. Hot crowds, strict dress code: rubber, leather, sports gear, skin, neoprene or just boots!. Hot/sleazy party, chill-out zone, heated smoking terrace, fully-equipped play area, raunchy shows. Free entry to Beyond. Next: Jun 3.
May 26, 2017, 8pm-12am at Surya, 156 Pentonville Rd. Featuring: HURTLING, girl, boy, boy Alt-rock influenced dreamnoise band; GUTTFULL w/ energetic numbers reminiscent of Bikini Kill + Undertones + saxophone; ANARCHISTWOOD musically proficient/ tight hippy/punk chaotic union of subversive love + peace. LOUD WOMEN champions women in music w/ fun, friendly, and frickin' awesome events.
May 27, 2017, 11pm at Fire SAT Madrid men-only fetish party + Beyond! Code, dark room, 12-hours/ 2 rooms of pumping music, sexy gogos. Club fully fitted for wild fantasies. TECHNO/TECH-HOUSE/HOUSE: TOM STEPHAN, BEN MANSON, GONZALO, TONY ENGLISH, D'JOHNNY. DEEP HOUSE: ZACH BURNS, LEE HARRIS, DAVE HUNT. SUN May 28th, 11pm at Electric Brixton - Retro Future w/ SEBASTIEN TRIUMPH.
May 28, 2017, 3-9pm at Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall (enter from Gooding St). Naked Foam Dance Party. No clothes needed dance-floor + cruise play room. Largest UK men-only, all-naked dance club, all-body types, all-ages 18+. DJs D'Viant + Markus keep the dance-floor busy all night. Large bar, intimate chill out room, play area. Next: TBA. See website for info:
May 30, 2017, doors at 7pm at Troxy. Hosted by Michelle Visage with sickening performances by Alyssa Edwards, Detox, Kim Chi, Shangela, Violet Chachki and Season 9 stars Shea Coulee and Sasha Velor! Opening DJ set by London’s own Jodi Harsh! Meet the queens and be the first inside to snag the best spot near the stage!
June 2, 2017, 10pm-3am at Kolis, 1 Archway Rd. LGBT+ Only Party - Spinning you Around the World in 80 Tunes with Bollywood, Bhangra, Arabic and Dance floor delights expertly mixed by DJ Ritu & DJ Dilz. Next date: TBA.
June 10, 2017, 9pm, Troxy. Counterculture wins at London’s Troxy once again. Perfectly timed after the election, STP queens bring you the world’s first drag general election! Free the nipple! Fists across America! Flower power! Punk’s not dead! Vivienne Westwood! Blitz! The cockettes were right all along! Excess glitter use rewarded! Tie dye! Gender f***! F*** gender!
June 10, 2017, 10pm-3am, The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd. Queer disco for common people returns with Ash. Billy Idol. Bowie. The B-52s. The Cure. Dandy Warhols. Elastica. Franz Ferdinand. Garbage. Etc... Head down to the scuzzy back room of the Victoria for some faggy indie / post punk / new wave for beatniks, dirtbags and lumberjacks from DJs Pencil Skirt + Seductive Barry.
June 17, 2017, 11:30pm-late, at Union. Sin/sleaze fetish dance party, hard/ raunchy show/ DJs. Hot crowds, strict dress code: rubber, leather, sports gear, skin, neoprene or just boots!. Hot/ sleazy party; fully equipped play area. Non member? just turn up to get in as a guest (DRESS CODE applies). Entry £15 members/ £20 guests. Next: July 8, London Gay Pride at Mirror Arch.
June 24 - July 9, 2017. Parade and main events on SAT July 8th. 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 30 + July 1, 2017, 7:30pm, at Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Ave. Unclassifiable, Alain Platel returns with nine dancers from his critically acclaimed contemporary ensemble les ballets C de la B, for the dark and moving nicht schlafen. Inspired by music of Gustav Mahler and his times, Platel draws parallels between the music and the troubled early years of the 20th century in Europe.
June-July, 2017, at Genesis Cinema, Hackney Picturehouse, Electric, Rich Mix, Rio, and other venues. Annual 12-day film festival presents a rich/ diverse program of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and live events; pioneering works by global and local independent filmmakers, introducing viewers to innovative/ challenging cinematic experiences.
July 3-9, 2017. Journey with the multi-award winning star of stage and screen through some exciting pages and stages of his 50 year career. Reprising renowned performances, Gandalf to Macbeth, he will take requests, answer questions and invite you to act with him. An intimate/ unforgettable one man show with one of the world's finest actors. Posters, paintings and photographs.
July 5 - August 6, 2017, 7:30pm, Above The Stag Theatre. Fresh off the train from rural Devon, Joe joins the Hercules Harriers: London’s worst gay football team. He sets out to transform them into winners in time for an international gay tournament. But with the promise of athletic gays convening from all over Europe, the Harriers are more interested in action off the pitch.
July 9, 2017, 4-10pm on the Royal Princess. More details TBA. Lady Olé is a party bridging Spanish and British queer club cultures through dance music, bizarro and kitsch aesthetics, and performance.
July 9-16, 2017. Over 50 parties and events around the capital. Past years have included: Film screening, Bondage Master Class, Fetish on Display, Sports Cruise Party, Soho Social, Dinner, Into the Tank, Skinhead Party, Recon Full Fetish Party (main event), Rubber Gear Party, Deconstruction Party (official closing party). See 2016 media + 2017 updates as posted at website:
September 7-10, 2017, Lulworth Estate, Dorset. Prepare for a truly immersive experience with four incredible headliners and a huge bill of amazing music; entering a new chapter of light and sound, exploring the wonders of Colour on a mission to increase the peace. A beautiful new home with a massive castle in acres of woodland and forest, with a sea view and dramatic Jurassic coastline.
Late September, 2017 (TBC) -past year at Novello Theatre. Annual event combines the naughtiness of burlesque with West End razzle dazzle, featuring hottest performers currently appearing in the West End. Evening based on the original concept BROADWAY BARES by legendary Broadway/ West End director/ choreographer Jerry Mitchell to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
October 10-14, 2017, 7:30pm at Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Ave. BalletBoyz are back. An exciting quartet of new works play with the concept of balance and imbalance. Choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Iván Pérez and Christopher Wheeldon team up with composers Scott Walker, Charlotte Harding, Joby Talbot and Keaton Henson. (above quote: The Guardian).
Early October, 2017, 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:
Early November, 2017, two weeks 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 2017:
Mid-November, 2017 (TBC). Two weeks of screenings at Hackney Showroom, Rio, Barbican; Genesis cinemas; Institute of Light; The Glory; Dalston Superstore; Free Word Centre. See 2016 program of films at their website, along with 2017 films as announced.
January - March, 2018 (TBC) at 12 venues, with food and surprises, hidden away within the labyrinthine Vaults beneath Waterloo; nearly 250 shows, 6 weeks of theatre, comedy and live entertainment. “In these dree and dreary days of January, London needs something to cheer itself up and the answer might very well be VAULT Festival.” London Evening Standard.
March 15-25, 2018 (TBC). The best in new queer cinema each year from around the world. Opening and closing night, and the Accenture gala. See theme for 2018, plus schedules and venues at website as announced: