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Gay Cruising Bars – London

CruisingLondon1The Soho is not only one of the liveliest neighbourhoods of London, but also a well-known destination by the gay community from all over the world. Among the unbelievable amount of bars, restaurants, trendy shops and clubs, London is also the home of a less-known kind of venue: gay cruising bars and clubs. These places are popular meeting points where fetish, BDSM, military looks, nudism or rubber are welcome. Gay cruising bars in London are surprisingly old and they’ve been part of London’s gay scene during 25 or even 30 years! While in many other cities gay cruising venues are something relatively recent. Next you can find some of the London’s hotspots.


CruisingLondon2♦ The Backstreet

After more than 30 years offering to gay Londoners a place where to have uncensored fun, The Backstreet is one of the oldest gay cruising bars in London. It is a meeting point for leather fetish lovers and rubbers. In this bar, far from dancing mainstream pop hits, music is something almost irrelevant. Its regulars prefer to get lost in the dark cruising area. They are very strict with the dress code.

♦ The Hoist & Bar Berlin

The Hoist is another one of the oldest gay cruising bars in London. It has been opened for more than 16 years and it has helped turning Vauxhall into one of the main London’s gay hotspots. Following the dress code is a must, no matter if the party of the night is “boots only”, you better leave everything else in the cloakroom if you like to come in. It also requires to be a member to have access.

♦ The Underground Club @ Central Station

Close to King’s Cross there is The Underground club, a gay cruising bar in London for house and electronic music lovers. The Underground organises weekly theme parties, so it is recommendable to check their website to find out the dress code required before heading to the club. However, unlike other similar venues, during the weekend it is a bit more relax and the dancing area gets busy (while the cruising area it is always busy, no matter if during the week or the weekend).

♦ Vault

It is in the heart of Soho and it might be the reason why is one of the busiest gay cruising bars in London. It has a nice bar area plus a gay cruising zone with gay porn videos, playground and theme nights (i.e. naked, underwear…). The Vault visitors are very mixed, counting many locals but also a lot of tourists who want to discover the naughty side of London’s gay life.

CruisingLondon3♦ Ted’s Place

Ted’s Place has been active for more than 20 years, however, it is still one of the busiest gay cruising bars in London. The wealthy West London is the home of this cosy venue which has a special vibe, with no attitude at all. This very laid back atmosphere, besides a nice service, make regulars very loyal to Ted’s Place. Among all the theme parties organised by Ted’s Place, the ones on Thursdays and Sundays’ night are dedicated to transsexual and travesties.

♦ Fitladz East

Fitlatz East has been recently open in Farringdon, after abandoning its location in Vauxhall. It is one of the newest gay cruising bars in London and helps to turn East London into a sort of new Soho. Fitlatz is very popular among those fit guys who love going to the gym and relaxing in sex cruising clubs.

CruisingLondon4♦ SE5 Dungeon

This small gay cruising bar in London is for members only, but you can become one at a very affordable price. SE5 Dungeon is one of the biggest gay cruising clubs in London, having all the facilities needed to enjoy any kind of fetish. It hosts many different theme parties, so it is better to know the dress code before attending to them.

♦  Hard On @ Union

It happens a night a month that Union, the most popular club in Vauxhall (and one of the few which is still open), organices Hard On. This gay cruising party is a must go to for those who love boots, uniforms, rubber, leather and any other fetish. Besides a very complete playground (dark room, sling maze, glory holes, wet area…), Hard On counts also with a popular dancing area, the best djs and performances.