With Pride in London just around the corner, we thought it high time we take a closer look at some of the best gay bars in London that have played brilliant hosts to the LGBT+ community for decades and will no doubt do so for many years to come.
The Yard (Soho)
If you’re claiming to be Soho’s most unique gay venue you’d better be prepared to live up to the hype… Luckily for the Yard, they very much do by offering up a buzzing yet cosy atmosphere for people to get away from the chaotic side of London. Whether you’re a fan of the creative décor or the fully-heated outdoor courtyard, there are countless good times to be had here as soon as you walk through the door.
Admiral Duncan (Soho)
We’re not even sure where to start when it comes to listing all the great things about Admiral Duncan. Firstly, there’s the fact it’s held firm for the LBGT+ community after a tragic history of bombing and has become somewhat of a beacon for solidarity and acceptance. Then there is the fact it plays host to some of the best drag acts in the city, set in amongst an unforgettable party atmosphere. Basically, it’s a winner all round.
If you’re looking for a place to meet new people then Circa should be top of your list. And whilst it offers more of a club vibe, this is definitely no bad thing and has seen it repeatedly heralded as one of the most inclusive LGBT+ atmospheres in the city.
Ku Bar (Chinatown)
In a list of London’s best gay bars you could never miss off Ku Bar, where you are basically guaranteed a great night. Whether you’re a fan of great music, topless men or even just an array of colourful décor and good vibes, you really can’t go wrong with this celebrated venue.
Rupert Street (Piccadilly)
Fresh after its slick refurb, Rupert Street is back to claim its spot as one of London’s premium gay bars and also one of the best places to meet up with all your friends before a big night out.
Duke of Wellington (Soho)
If you’re in the mood for a classic London pub to have a catch up in with your mates, or maybe even to meet some new ones, then the Duke of Wellington is the perfect mixture of fun and chilling out. They also have a brilliant pub quiz that’s well worth a go.